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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams ready for extended opportunity

Steven Adams will “likely” get the start on Sunday against the Clippers, according to Scott Brooks, and is the Thunder's biggest rotation player during a stretch when they're set to face some prolific low-post scorers.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 22, 2014


With the minutes expected to increase for Adams, so too will the opportunities for him to foul.

And at times, that's been a problem. At one point in mid-January, Adams fouled out in three consecutive games despite playing limited minutes.

“Obviously we discourage any of our guys from fouling because fouling is a mistake in most situations,” Brooks said. “But we want to make sure he's aggressive and sticks with our game plan defensively and offensively. I think he's done a good job of developing in those areas.”


Clippers forward and former Sooner star Blake Griffin will always have a soft spot for his home state.

“I have great, great memories of playing at Oklahoma and in Oklahoma,” Griffin said. “Some of the funnest times I've had playing basketball. Getting to play with my brother, playing for Coach (Jeff) Capel at OU, in my home state in front of friends and family, it was a blast.”

But in recent years, Griffin has been welcomed with an increasingly loud chorus of boos. That hasn't changed his mind about OKC.

“Now when I go back to Oklahoma it's not quite the same,” Griffin said. “I'm kind of the enemy now. But those days are definitely something I'll cherish and never ever forget."


At 43-13, the Thunder has its best record through 56 games since relocating to Oklahoma City. Last year, during the franchise's first OKC-era 60-win season, the Thunder was 41-15 at this juncture.