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Steven Adams plays with thumb injury, bloody nose

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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:

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:

Steven Adams hand injury

Steven Adams played through severe migraine, nausea

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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.

Steven Adams ‘almost fainted’ from crowd noise during Game 4

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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.

Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 41 points, was equally impressed.

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.

Steven Adams drops legendary quote about waved-off game-winner

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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.

You can see video of the play here.

When asked about the buzzer-beater that wasn’t after practice on Tuesday, Adams responded with this gem, per Royce Young of ESPN:

As if the playoff-themed mustache wax endorsement wasn’t enough, here’s further proof that Adams might be the coolest dude in the NBA.

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.

H/T NBA Reddit

Steven Adams basket waved off as Thunder lose (Video)

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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:

Unfortunately for OKC, the buzzer had already gone off and time expired. He missed by less than half a second.

So after an embarrassing performance in Game 1, the Mavericks made up for it by stealing Game 2 in OKC thanks to a few tenths of a second.

Steven Adams partners with grooming company to develop mustache wax

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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.”

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.

H/T NBA Reddit

Steven Adams gives funny answer to Boban Marjanovic question

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Steven Adams gave a humorous answer to a question he received about Boban Marjanovic.

Adams’ Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Marjanovic’s San Antonio Spurs 111-92 on Saturday, with Adams going for nine points and six rebounds in 27 minutes. Marjanovic had 13 points and six rebounds also in 27 minutes, and he was quite the load for Adams to defend. After the game, the New Zealand native talked about how tough it is to bang with Marjanovic all game:

Marjanovic is listed at 7-foot-3 and 290 pounds, while Adams goes 7-feet tall and 255 pounds. Adams certainly is no shrimp, but Marjanovic is more than a couple of handfuls for anyone this side of Yao Ming. This should be a good reminder for players to get their squats in before facing Marjanovic.