After suffering a right calf contusion late in the fourth quarter last night against the Nuggets in Denver, Steven Adams has been ruled out for tonight’s home matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers.
While the injury is minor and shouldn’t keep Adams out for very many games, it could not have come at a worse time. The Thunder are on a four-game losing streak, and the Los Angeles frontcourt, which features Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, is one of the best in the league. Adams has proven to be quite the counter in defending Jordan, and with Thunder rookie Dakari Johnson being the only other true center on the Thunder roster, head coach Billy Donovan will likely have to opt for a small-ball approach for tonight’s matchup.
Adams has been arguably the Thunder’s most consistent player so far this season, averaging 12.3 points on 65.2% shooting from the floor, along with 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game. His offensive output has been reliable, and his ability to clog up the paint on defense will be greatly missed, so Oklahoma City will need to find a way to counter the Clippers’ big men.
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