You knew Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night wouldn’t go down without some sort of incident between Draymond Green and Steven Adams. And of course it didn’t take long for the two to get tangled up.
While fighting for a rebound with just under three minutes left in the first half, Green appeared to lock arms with Adams, and the two ended up on the ground. The larger Adams went down on Green, leading Green’s head to hit the floor.
Steven Adams got sweet revenge on Draymond Green during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday by dunking right on the Warriors forward:
After the way Green got Adams in the nuts twice earlier in the series in highly-publicized incidents, it was only right that Adams got him back. As a bonus, Draymond got served with the Crying Jordan face.
Draymond Green may not have been suspended for kicking Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but the boot left a lasting impression on the Oklahoma City Thunder big man.
Prior to OKC’s blowout win in Game 4, Craig Sager reported that Adams is dealing with what sounds like a painful injury.
Craig Sager says Steven Adams suffered a testicular contusion and will wear a cup tonight. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.#Thunder#Warriors
A contusion is basically a severe bruise. We’ve all dealt with bruises before. My guess would be that not many of us have dealt with testicular contusions, and those of us who haven’t feel very fortunate.
Whether you believe it was intentional or not, there’s no question Green’s kick (video here) looked like it hurt. He followed that up by tripping a player during Game 4 on Tuesday, so the Warriors forward obviously isn’t feeling much remorse.
Here’s hoping Adams’ — well, you know — starts feeling better real soon.
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.”