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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According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie in Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has spent the last few months working out in Miami with trainers David Alexander and Idan Ravin, fueling speculation that he could land with the Heat, especially if Miami finds a trading partner for Hassan Whiteside.
He will not be back with the Nets, the last team for which he played, a source said. Okafor has had interest from the Pacers and Bulls, among others, this summer but neither were at the workout in Las Vegas.
These are the real boys of summer, the grinders using the 12-day audition in the desert to impress NBA executives enough to earn the honor of an invitation to training camp. Take Cooley, 27, the unofficial dean of NBA Summer League stars. This is Cooley’s sixth stint in Vegas. He’s a member of the Phoenix Suns now, a teammate of Ayton’s. Before that he was a Sacramento King, setting screens for De’Aaron Fox, and before that a Cleveland Cavalier, throwing outlet passes to Andrew Wiggins. For Cooley, this was never a dream. In 2009, he chose Notre Dame, not for a springboard to the NBA, but because it had a top business school. “I used basketball to get the best education,” Cooley said.
But when he graduated, NBA teams called. Some 18 brought him in for pre-draft workouts. When he went undrafted, he started getting invitations to Summer League. “I remember my first year I was struggling to remember all the plays,” Cooley said. “Now my sixth year, this is the most complicated offense I’ve had, but it’s second nature, basic easy stuff. It’s a lot easier to understand.”
There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
As Summer League winds down, most of the boys of summer will disperse. Some will sign on with G League teams, to maximize exposure. Others will ink European contracts, where the money is better. They will ride buses to small towns in the U.S. or live in isolation in far-flung cities around the world. They will do it, and they will hope for an invitation back to Las Vegas next summer, for the opportunity to impress once again. “There’s only about 1% of me that thinks about not playing,” Cooley said. “This life is pretty intense. But I love it, I’m glad it’s not easy. Not playing would be a terrible itch that I wouldn’t be able to scratch. I know once the time comes, I will definitely be a part of the game, because I’ll go crazy if I go cold-turkey out of basketball. But right now, I’m a player. The body of work I have put together has caused a pretty good stir here. I believe I’m an NBA player. I believe I can play in the league for a long time.”