The Oklahoma City Thunder might be well on the way to a 2-1 Western Conference finals lead over the Golden State Warriors, but Thunder center Steven Adams is not having the best week of his life.
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Six days after being wrung to the floor by Festus Ezili in Game 1 and four days after being nailed in the groin by a knee from Draymond Green in Game 2, Adams was clocked yet again in that area by Green as the Warriors power forward went up for a shot in the second quarter of Sunday evening’s Game 3. As you can see above, Adams was called for a shooting foul on the play, though Green’s follow-through move earned Draymond a flagrant foul.
Both players nailed two shots apiece at the line following the incident, though it was the Warriors that seemed to emerge from the play smarting.
Golden State was behind 50-42 after the two players evened up at the line, but Oklahoma City roared to a 22-5 run over the last half of the second quarter in the wake of the collision. The 72-47 disadvantage marked the largest halftime lead the Warriors have allowed all season, some 95 games into a 2015-16 campaign that has seen the Warriors win 82 times.
Green was part of the problem. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year runner-up missed seven of eight shots in that first half, while Oklahoma City’s Adams contributed seven points and five rebounds to go along with a block.
Alongside a rather noticeable missed block.
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