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OKC Thunder: Tony Allen calls out Steven Adams for 'cheap shots', says Kevin Durant must be more aggressive

by Anthony Slater Modified: May 23, 2014 at 10:16 am •  Published: May 23, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) loses the ball as Memphis' Tony Allen (9) pressures him during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Oklahoma  City lost 99-93. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) loses the ball as Memphis' Tony Allen (9) pressures him during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Oklahoma City lost 99-93. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

With all the drama currently swirling around his team, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen went on a Memphis radio station on Wednesday afternoon for an animated and interesting interview.

He talked about plenty of subjects with ESPN 92.9's Chris Vernon (which you can listen to here), including a few Thunder-related, with the bitter taste of playoff elimination still lingering. 

The first OKC topic was Thunder rookie center Steven Adams (at the 8:05 mark). For Game 7 of the Grizzlies-Thunder series, All-Star Zach Randolph was controversially suspended for a swift punch to Adams' jaw that occured late in Game 6, which some have argued was just a 'closed-fist push'.

Allen, still seething over what he thought was a series-altering altercation and proceeding suspension, was asked how much he hated Adams -- a hard-nosed rookie who has already become known as an agitator -- on a scale of 1-10

"Oh, man. I’m almost over that, man," Allen told the station. "I’m like 50, I’m like 50 right now. Because that’s one of his tactics. You don’t have to just play. That’s a measly guy. You don’t have the shine to do that, you guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature."

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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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