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The clear and considerable defensive improvement is a result of time and needed experience, which the Thunder continues to give him. But it’s also a result of two trusty mentors — Perkins and assistant coach Mark Bryant. Before, during and after both practices and games, Perkins is constantly in Adams’ ear. He’s on him about the scouting reports. He’s teaching him the tricks of the game. “I always go to Perk,” Adams said. “Perk knows like everyone. He should write a book. It’s crazy. He knows all their tendencies and I just try to do what he does.” Oklahoman

Adams is on a hot streak of late — averaging 9.1 points and 9.9 rebounds on 68 percent shooting the past nine games. He’s playing so well that Brooks has routinely called for clearout post-ups for Adams over the past week. And teamed up with Westbrook, he’s formed a nightmare pick-and-roll combo — becoming the rare (only?) Thunder center that been able to consistently catch a Westbrook bullet and quickly finish. “(Bryant) throws the ball as hard as he can at me and I have to try and catch the ball,” Adams said of a drill he’s been working on. “Because Russell is going like a 100 miles an hour. You have to be ready at all times.” Oklahoman

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Young called Thunder forward Steven Adams a “sneaky, dirty player” that let to an on-court altercation and an eventual ejection in the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center. Young argued he “most definitely” did not deserve the ejection, an automatic ruling after being handed a flagrant foul type 2 with 11:24 remaining in the game. “I feel bad about getting ejected,” Young said. “But I play with the heart on my sleeves and it shows out there.” Los Angeles Daily News

The question in play first started when Adams set a hard screen on Young. Tired of Adam throwing what he called “little hits” that included sticking out his knee during screens, Young shoved his forearm into Adam’s throat before officials soon separated them. Lakers center Robert Sacre and forward Carlos Boozer soon intervened, too. “At the time, he had my arm caught up,” Young said. “That’s all I had with my right hand. You didn’t see all that. He knows all the tricks and trades. But if you look carefully, he had my whole left arm locked in for the whole play.” Los Angeles Daily News

"I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Said Scott: "Nick definitely overreacted, and he's too valuable for us to overreact and get kicked out of a game like that." Los Angeles Times

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Anthony Slater: Steven Adams was icing the upper left side of his left calf/knee area postgame. Minor limp, but not expected to be serious. Twitter @anthonyVslater

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