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Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at the Steven Adams retaliation list

Steven Adams has been the cause of five incidents this season that have resulted in either an ejection or suspension, or both, for his opponent.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 2, 2014

Steven Adams has been the cause of five incidents this season that have resulted in either an ejection or suspension, or both, for his opponent.

Here is a quick look at all five:

Nate Robinson

Date: Oct. 15, 2013 (preseason)

Result: Ejected and $10,000 fine

Explanation: After setting a bruising screen on Robinson, Adams fired toward the lane for a potential offensive rebound. But as he crashed the boards, a steaming Robinson, peeved at the physical preseason pick, beelined toward Adams and gave him a quick shove. Adams didn’t react, instead turning and heading upcourt. So an angry Robinson tried to get his point across again, punching Adams in the stomach.

Vince Carter

Date: Nov. 6, 2013

Result: Ejected and suspended for the next game

Explanation: Because of Adams’ reaction, this may be the most memorable of them all. After grabbing an offensive rebound, Adams smoked Carter with an inadverant elbow. Carter took a brief look at the ref, who didn’t call the offensive foul, then took matters into his own hands, bursting toward Adams and delivering a flying elbow to the side of the head. Stone Cold just jogged back up the court with that stoic, robotic look.

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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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