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.
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) May 25, 2016
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.
It’s never fun to take a karate shot from a grown man in the nether regions. But somehow, Thunder center Steven Adams is maintaining a good sense of humor about it.
After taking an unforgiving kick to the groin from Warriors forward Draymond Green during Oklahoma City’s 133-105 victory over Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, the New Zealander was asked The $64,000 Question by a reporter in the locker room after the game: how were his nuts doing?
Adams, for his part, was happy to gratify the man’s journalistic duty.
H/T The Big Lead
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.
ow ow ow ow ow ow pic.twitter.com/X9apsKKsju
— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) May 23, 2016
Officials reviewed the play and Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul. That wasn’t enough for Thunder fans, who began chanting “Kick him out!” as officials reviewed the play.
They are chanting "Kick him out! Kick him out!"
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 23, 2016
Last week, Steven Adams said Draymond Green has reached “peak annoyingness” with the way he plays the game. Green may have just surpassed that level, if that’s possible.
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
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 20, 2016
Nothing against Adams, but we thought Draymond’s level of annoyance reached its peak with this move in the playoffs.
Green is tougher than your average player, so it’s no surprise to hear an opponent react to him in this way.
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
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 17, 2016
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.”
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 17, 2016
Adams also told USA Today’s Sam Amick that his background is part of the reason for the comment.
“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.”
- Steven Adams
The Western Conference Finals weren’t even a half old before Steven Adams began dealing with some serious injuries.
The Oklahoma City Thunder center played with a bunch of gauze in his nose to stop the bleeding during the second quarter of Game 1 between OKC and the Warriors on Monday:
look at Steven Adams's nose. look at it. pic.twitter.com/k6l5O8zUSi
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 17, 2016
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.
Adams felt dizzy for a much different reason during Game 4. The end result was the same in both games. Unfortunately, it would appear his nausea is a good luck charm for OKC.