OKC Thunder: Steven Adams leads stiff defensive effort against Dwight Howard

by Anthony Slater Published: March 11, 2014


photo - Houston Rockets guard Pat Beverley (2) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams duirng the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Houston Rockets guard Pat Beverley (2) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams duirng the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

After Tuesday’s shootaround, Kendrick Perkins spent some extra time with Steven Adams, instructing the Thunder rookie on how to effectively guard Rockets center Dwight Howard.

At least for a game, it seemed to have worked.

In his 24 minutes, Adams held his own against the perennial All-Star, blocking his shot once and frustrating him into a couple loose ball fouls and a technical.

“Experience is the best teacher,” Kevin Durant said. “There’s so much coaches can tell you. Having Perk, he’s been through it, guarded some of the best. To help a guy like Steven, 20-year-old rookie, try to find his way.”

Howard finished with a quiet nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Tulsa breaks D-League attendance record

The Tulsa 66ers broke the NBA D-League’s attendance record.

And they did it in Oklahoma City, with Chesapeake Energy Arena holding Field Trip Day for students on Tuesday morning, with kids from 84 cities and four surrounding states making up the crowd of 11,423 fans.

Tulsa lost, 117-109, to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

The 66ers were led by Reggie Williams, a Thunder assignee, who put up 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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