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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.”

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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June 17, 2019 | 2:17 am EDT Update
“I think for us, there is nothing more that we can do. We’ve done it. The city has done it. This franchise had done it. The coaches have done it. My teammates have done it. We’ve done our job. The best way to recruit somebody is to just be yourself over the course of the year, and I would assume that he knows what is here and what makes this place special,” VanVleet said at the team’s first media availability since winning the NBA title. “If it’s enough than it’s enough. If it’s not then it’s not. … We would all love for him to be back and if he’s not then we will move on from there. It’s not the biggest deal in the world. He came here and did what he was supposed to do. So he brought this city a championship and I think he has earned his freedom and his career to do what he wants to do and we’ll all respect him and admire him.”
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