Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams show no ill effects after spraining right ankle

On Saturday night in Minnesota, for the second time this season, Steven Adams came down with a right ankle sprain. But also for the second time, Adams returned to action the next game, showing no ill effects during the Thunder's 119-96 win over the Celtics.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 5, 2014

“What I've always said, watching him run off pindowns at his size and shoot the basketball is a nightmare because right when you get on top of it, he's gonna beat you backdoor and dunk it,” Stevens explained. “He's so much longer than the guy guarding him.”


Because this one was decided so early, the Thunder was able to accomplish a pair of needed tasks: rest for its stars and playing time for the end of its bench.

Durant was only needed for 27 minutes, his lowest output since a blowout of Utah in late November.

And Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's third-string center who hasn't appeared in a game since mid-December, got five minutes. He even hit a midrange jumper.

“It's nice,” Brooks said. “I feel for Hash. He's done a great job all year. Comes to practice every day, stays after, gets there early. He's one of our biggest cheerleaders on the bench, always getting our guys spirits up … Unfortunately, there's not a lot of minutes for him right now.”


Serge Ibaka — 17 points and 11 rebounds — compiled his 15th double-double of the season. He only had 15 all of last year.


OKC is immediately back on the road, traveling to Utah and Denver for Tuesday and Thursday night games. The Thunder has already won at both places this season.

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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