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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

"It’ll catch back up with him," Allen said. "Somebody gonna probably hit him and it’s not gonna be a push next time. He better be careful who he doing that stuff to. You know what I mean, it’s for real. If Z-Bo woulda really punched him, he would have been, you know (Vernon: "Out?") exactly. He playing those cheap shot games, it’s gonna catch up with him."

Following the exchange about Adams and Randolph, Allen was later asked about Kevin Durant (at the 13:19 mark). The Thunder's superstar forward and league MVP has had a inconsistent playoff run, which included his fair share of struggles with Allen as his primary defender in the first round and has continued into OKC's current series with the Spurs.

While complimentary, Allen had a friendly suggestion for Durant's game: Be more aggressive.

"I think if Kevin Durant had the mentality that three things are going to happen – I’m going to score, get fouled or get an assist – and put the pressure on them like Westbrook, his mentality, I think the series go a whole different way," Allen said. "I don’t think Durant be aggressive enough. It should be smooth sailing for him...I just think he gifted, He’s 6-10 with a jumper like that and a handle like that, I just believe you could put more pressure on a defense."

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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