“I think he's just trying his best to keep the game simple and not overthink it,” Thunder guard Derek Fisher said of Adams. “That's the toughest part as a first-year player. I think so far, not just tonight but so far this season, he's done a good job of it.”
Most impressive Friday was that Adams turned in a terrific performance against the best competition he's seen thus far. With forward Josh Smith joining Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons have constructed a front line that many consider one of the best in basketball. But on this night, Adams thoroughly outplayed Drummond, who came into the game averaging 11.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. Adams helped limit him to four points and three rebounds. Drummond committed four fouls in 23 minutes.
For much of the second half, Adams matched up with Monroe and played him to a virtual draw. Adams was so good that Brooks had no choice but to play him all but four minutes, 28 seconds of the second half. Adams sat for only the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter.
“I didn't know what type of numbers he would put up, but I just know he plays so hard and he plays the game the right way,” said Russell Westbrook. “And I think when you do that stuff just flows for you.”
But Adams again said he's not concerned with his stats.
“The only one that matters is that we win,” Adams said when asked about his numbers. “As long as we've got more points than the other team, we're straight.”
Adams, who is proving to be a perfectionist, incredibly went on to point out his flaws.
“I don't care about the double-double,” he said. “The fact is that doesn't mean anything because I still performed badly on the defensive end, defensive assignments that I had to do. So that's what I'm really worried about.”