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Ira Winderman: Thunder listing Steven Adams (ankle) and Terrance Ferguson (back) as questionable for Friday vs. Heat. Wade no longer on Heat injury report, just Dragic, Jones, Maten and Robinson as out.
Erik Horne: Steven Adams (right ankle sprain) and Terrance Ferguson (mid-back spasms) are both out tonight against the Magic. Nerlens Noel and Hamidou Diallo will start.
Royce Young: Steven Adams (ankle) is available to play tonight.
Brett Dawson: Update from Thunder injury report: Steven Adams (left calf tightness) and Nerlens Noel (left ankle sprain) both listed as questionable for tomorrow against the Clippers.
Erik Horne: Steven Adams practiced, good news as he dealt with lower back soreness against Golden State.
Brett Dawson: Steven Adams is cleared to play, per the Thunder.
Monte Poole: Russell Westbrook (R knee), Andre Roberson (L knee) out for @Oklahoma City Thunder vs. @Warriors. Steven Adams (back) questionable. This is not exactly what the NBA had in mind for a marquee game on opening night in Oakland.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
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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March 24, 2019 | 11:05 am EDT Update
Adam Wexler: #Rockets recall Gary Clark from @RGVVipers. He was (+26) in their west clinching win last night. They’re top seed in West for playoffs which begin this week. Rockets at Pelicans, tonight at 6.
Murray State star Ja Morant will wait to make an announcement on whether he plans to enter the NBA draft after his team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament Saturday. “That time will come,” Morant said. “My focus is not on that right now. It’s just celebrating this — what a great season we had — with my teammates.” Morant is widely projected to be a top-three pick in this year’s draft, should he choose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
According to multiple sources, some high profile international candidates are being or have been considered. David Blatt, an American who coached the Russian national team as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, was first choice but may have pulled out due to back problems. Former Italian national team head coach and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is also being interviewed. A complicating factor? Financial challenges at Canada Basketball mean that the money being offered for the role is minimal or perhaps not even more than an honorarium covering expenses.
Meanwhile, a number of Canadian coaches are not impressed that Triano has been put in a situation where he has to effectively re-apply for his own job. “I know he was under the impression last summer that he was the head coach and hadn’t heard anything differently until recently,” said one source. “The way this has played out is disrespectful. He’s either your coach or he’s not.”
March 24, 2019 | 7:25 am EDT Update
Players, coaches and management all have insisted on how important center Robin Lopez has been to the rebuild, so much so that the Bulls didn’t want to buy him out the last month for the stretch run. With Lopez facing free agency this summer, and staring at a backup role with the Bulls if he does return, what are the chances that the mutual admiration brings him back? “Robin has been terrific for us,’’ Paxson said. “We’ll keep an open mind on that, absolutely.’’