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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

Jordan Hamilton

Date: Dec. 17, 2013

Result: Ejected and suspended for the next game

Explanation: The weakest of all the incidents. Frustrated because his team was losing and Adams was bruising him around, Hamilton fired off a half-hearted, closed-fist swing that hit Adams in the shoulder. The refs deemed it a punch, ejected him, and the league agreed, suspending him. But to Adams, it was less than a love tap.

Larry Sanders

Date: Jan. 11, 2014

Result: Ejected and fined

Explanation: As Adams crashed in for an offensive rebound, he shoved Sanders with a forceful forearm to the chest. Sanders took immediate exception, throwing back a wild elbow to Adams’ neck area and then confronting him with another elbow and stare. Adams kind of laughed and then wandered over to the bench.

Zach Randolph

Date: May 1, 2014

Result: Suspended for Game 7

Explanation: Trailing a fast break in the middle of the third quarter on Thursday night, the two big men were in a physical tussle. Randolph had been complaining to the referees a few minutes earlier about Adams’ constant physicality, and the frustration of the impending loss and irritating opponent seemed to briefly set him off. Randolph popped Adams with a subtle punch in the chin. Adams didn’t respond. The refs stopped play, but didn’t see or review the punch. The NBA reviewed video of it Friday and laid down the hammer.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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