Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
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Royce Young: Steven Adams is out tonight. Dakari Johnson is starting in his place.
Jason Jones: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is out for tonight.
Brett Dawson: Steven Adams will start. No minutes restriction.
Royce Young: Steven Adams is clear of the NBA’s concussion protocol and will start tonight against the Jazz.
Erik Horne: Likely won’t get word on Steven Adams (concussion protocol) until pregame, but a good sign that he’s participating in post-shootaround with teammates. Was doing solo work yesterday.
Brett Dawson: Steven Adams is still in the NBA concussion protocol as of now and listed as out for tomorrow’s game against Denver. That always can change as he’s evaluated further.
Adams went on to play into double overtime after sustaining the concussion, but Donovan said there was no indication from either Adams or the medical staff during the game that Adams had a concussion. “I don’t know if Steven had any conversation with the medical staff. If he did and there was a problem, I’m sure he wouldn’t have played,” Donovan said. “I think Steven must have been OK at that time. I saw Steven this morning. He seemed like he was fine. Obviously when you’re in protocol like that, you’ve got to take every precautionary measure to protect his safety, but he seems to be fine.”
Eddie Sefko: OKC’s Steven Adams (calf) is out tonight vs. Mavericks.
Brett Dawson: Steven Adams is listed as out tomorrow. Subject to change, as always. Probably a pregame update from Billy Donovan.
Erik Horne: Steven Adams (right calf contusion) is out tonight, per Billy Donovan. Starter will be announced closer to game time.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams is good to go for tomorrow, per Thunder.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams got banged in his back, per the Thunder, on that Harden foul.
Thunder center Steven Adams went through non-contact drills on Sunday in Oklahoma City, but a return against Utah on Monday is still uncertain. Coach Billy Donovan said Adams, who is in the NBA’s concussion protocol, will make the trip to Salt Lake City, and will be monitored the rest of the day. Adams has missed the Thunder’s last two games, both losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State, after suffering a concussion against Sacramento on Jan. 15.
Erik Horne: Per Thunder, Steven Adams is still in concussion protocol and will not play against Warriors on Wednesday.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams has been diagnosed with a concussion, per the Thunder. He is in the league’s concussion protocol and won’t play tonight.
Thunder center Steven Adams left Sunday’s game against New Orleans with a left ankle sprain, according to the Thunder. Adams did not return. Adams had seven points and three rebounds in the first quarter when he was subbed out for Enes Kanter with 3:16 left in the period. Adams briefly went to the Thunder bench before going to the locker room.
Brett Dawson: Steven Adams doesn’t know if he’ll play tomorrow. This ankle sprain is worse than previous ones: “Maybe I’m getting soft, mate.”
Erik Horne: Steven Adams (right ankle sprain) is out Wednesday’s game against Barcelona, per team. Will be reevaluated when Thunder gets back to OKC.
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost Steven Adams to a sprained ankle in the first half, lost containment out on the perimeter in the second half and then lost their preseason opening game to Real Madrid 142-137 in overtime. The loss of Adams, who appeared to come down on a player’s foot and roll his ankle late in the first half, is the most concerning. The Thunder are officially calling it a sprained ankle, but it will likely be sometime tomorrow before we know just how bad it might be. Adams did not have to be helped off the court, which is at least a good sign.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the team’s next opponent, league sources told ESPN. The two-time MVP will have his right ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. If the evaluation reveals enough progress and there are no unforeseen setbacks from this point to Friday, the sharpshooter intends to play after missing the past five games, sources said.
Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Donatas Urbonas: Gudaitis confirmed he met with Cavaliers representatives in Milano. They invited Gudaitis to work out in Cleveland upcoming summer. Gudaitis told his priority is National Team and FIBA 19 qualifiers. But if everything is ok with the schedule, he’ll come to Cleveland
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.