Steven Adams has taken a beating during this year’s playoffs and it continued on Sunday during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Adams injured his thumb during the series with the Spurs. Then, in Game 1 against the Warriors, he had a bloody nose and played with a a piece of gauze hanging out of his nostril. During Game 2, Adams briefly went back to the locker room with a sore back after Festus Ezeli came down on it. During the same game, Adams took a shot to the groin from Draymond Green’s leg.
On Sunday, Adams was hit in the same area again. Like in the previous game, it was Green’s leg that did the damage.
Draymond Green is known for being quite a talker on and off the court, and Steven Adams says the Golden State Warriors forward has reached “peak annoyingness” with his talking.
Adams spoke with the media on Friday, two days ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between his Thunder and the Warriors. He was asked about Green and whether he can hear the trash talk during games.
“I can’t really hear him or anything,” Adams said. “I hear that he talks a lot. I see him, like on the bench. But in the game? Nah. It’s quite hard. I can’t really understand, if it’s the accent or something, I dunno.”
He also then talked about Green’s level of annoyance reaching its peak:
Steven Adams jokes about Draymond Green trash talking: "I think he's reached his peak, peak annoyingness." pic.twitter.com/zyF4SL2z0f
Some unfortunate word choice by Steven Adams has resulted in a controversy that led to an apology.
After his Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, Adams was interviewed by ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The center, who was beat up during the game, was asked how challenging it is to guard the Warriors’ guards on the perimeter. Adams tried to express the level of difficulty by comparing the Warriors’ players “quick little monkeys”:
Steven Adams chooses the wrong words to describe the Warriors' guards. "They're quick little monkeys," he says. pic.twitter.com/ss5DbHilqD
Although Adams was clearly just looking for a word to describe something fast, quick and elusive, comparing anyone who is black or part black to a monkey is going to be taken offensively, for obvious reasons. Adams did not seem to have any ill intent behind the comparison, but the choice of words was terribly unfortunate.
Adams’ comments will remind many sports fans of Howard Cossell, who used to use the term to describe fast, elusive players on the football field too, and came under criticism for infamously describing Washington WR Alvin Garrett in such terms.
Being a New Zealand native, Adams may not understand the sensitivity in America over that particular word. He later apologized.
Adams: "I’m truly sorry. It was just a poor choice of words. I was just trying to express how difficult it was chasing those guys around.”
“It’s just different, mate,” he said. “Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that. But they obviously can be taken differently, depending on which country you’re in. I’m assimilating, mate, still trying to figure out the boundaries. But I definitely overstepped them tonight.”
As if that weren’t enough, he also had some hand issues. Adams’ right thumb was taped up because he injured it during the Thunder’s Game 6 win over the Spurs. He also fell on it twice during Game 1 against the Warriors, Craig Sager reported, leading to it becoming swollen:
Without Steven Adams, the Oklahoma City Thunder would not have knocked off the heavily-favored San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals. They probably should not have had Adams in the lineup for Game 6 Thursday night, but the dude is tough as nails.
Adams, who dominated the low post once again in the series-clincher, had a horrible migraine before the game. It was so bad he was throwing up and receiving IV fluids rather than warming up with his teammates.
“Start throwing up,” Adams described, per Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. “Thumping headache. Feels like an old mate with a sledgehammer is just pounding at the back of my eye.”
The feeling was all too familiar for the seven-footer, as Adams has been getting migraines since he was 14. He said he knows when they’re coming because he’ll be looking at someone and their “face will disappear.” The splitting headache usually results in blurred vision and severe nausea.
“If I eat a food and throw it up, I’m off that food for life,” Adams explained. “It sucks. I’ve actually had some favorite foods that I no longer like because of it.”
Adams scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the series. He played a whopping 40 minutes, which was his highest total of the postseason. The Spurs had no answer for the 22-year-old in a game that Thunder guard Andre Roberson compared to Michael Jordan’s famous flu game.
Adams would not go that far.
“Man, don’t think I’m a hero or anything,” he said. “It’s just modern medicine, mate.”
Modern medicine can only do so much. There’s no way Adams was feeling close to 100 percent, and that doesn’t go unnoticed by teammates.
Oklahoma City Thunder fans were so loud during their team’s Game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night that one player almost passed out.
Facing what was basically a must-win, the Thunder found themselves trailing by four heading into the fourth quarter. A loss would have meant allowing the Spurs to take a 3-1 series lead back to San Antonio with a chance to close things out. OKC rose to the occasion by outscoring the Spurs 34-16 in the fourth quarter.
How loud were the fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena? Steven Adams tried to describe it.
Steven Adams said the he "almost fainted" because of the crowd noise in the fourth quarter: "Just constant screaming"
After they were blown out in Game 1, the Thunder have played much better basketball and look like they actually have a chance to knock off the heavily-favored Spurs. If you have heard the rumors about Durant’s future, you know how important this series is for OKC. The fans would be wise to continue to impress him with the noise level when the team returns home for Game 6, even if it means Adams could faint.
Oklahoma City center Steven Adams is truly a Tongan treasure.
Adams and the Thunder lost at home in devastating fashion to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 on Monday night, after the mustached maestro had a game-winner waved off after review, giving the Mavs a narrow one-point win.
With an illustrious list of talents that already includes “menacing interior defender,” “persistent rebound muncher,” and “suave facial hair spokesperson,” Adams can now add “clever one-liner virtuoso” (which he actually already has quite the reputation as) and “charming relationship expert” to his resumé. True legend.
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 2 of their playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night 85-84 after a Steven Adams basket was waved off because it came just after time expired.
The Thunder had the ball with 7.1 seconds left down by one after a Raymond Felton missed free throw, and they pushed the ball ahead. OKC missed a layup and a putback, but Adams attempted a second putback that went in:
The heck with you peasants and your petty shoe endorsement deals. Steven Adams scoffs in your general direction.
The Thunder center announced on Friday (per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post) a partnership with grooming products company Handmade La Conner to develop a special limited edition mustache wax aptly dubbed “Steven Adams’ Gentlemen’s Mustache Styling Wax.”
It's time for the playoffs to start when you get emails promoting "limited edition playoff mustache styling wax." pic.twitter.com/ixJcHj3LzL
With the Thunder set to begin the postseason against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, the product is a clever play on the “playoff beard” tradition seen across many professional sports. For Adams, who of course rocks the most majestic mustache on this side of the Mississippi, the wax is sure to keep his facial hair masterpiece in pristine condition throughout the heated battles of the postseason and encourage OKC fans to sprout their own upper lip vegetation in solidarity with him.
I, for one, am excited to find out what the “signature scent” of Adams’ mustache wax will be. Could it be a hint of kiwi reminiscent of the plains of New Zealand? Or perhaps the blood of Adams’ opponents after he clips them with a dirty screen? Only time will tell.