Adams finished with a team-high 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 FT) and nine rebounds to go with two steals and an assist across 25 minutes in Tuesday's 97-87 preseason win over the Nuggets.
After showing only limited flashes of offensive involvement during his first three NBA seasons, Adams looks ready to take on more of a secondary scoring role in 2016-17 with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka departing during the offseason. In his first two games back from a right ankle sprain that had limited him for most of the preseason schedule, Adams has produced a combined 37 points to go with 20 rebounds over 48 minutes. While asking Adams to provide scoring in the teens over the course of an 82-game season may be too much to ask, a low-end double-double average could be attainable for the center now that there's more shots to go around.
Adams (ankle) contributed 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes in Sunday's 112-94 preseason win over the Timberwolves.
Adams had missed the previous three games with a right ankle sprain and wasn't certain to play Sunday, but ended up suiting up and turned in one of the most dominant showings of his career, despite seeing his minutes limited. The fact that Adams ranked second on the team to only Russell Westbrook in shot attempts is especially surprising and may not happen very frequently in the regular season, but with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out of the picture, the center should nonetheless see a notable spike in his usage rate in 2016-17.
Adams (ankle) will be available for Sunday's preseason matchup with the Timberwolves, The Oklahoman reports.
Adams has dealt with a lingering ankle injury throughout the preseason, but after going through shootaround Sunday morning without any issues, he's now officially been cleared to play against the Timberwolves. With that said, the regular season opener is just 10 days away, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up seeing his minutes heavily restricted in order to limit his workload and avoid another aggravation to his ankle.
Adams re-aggravated an ankle injury late last week and was eventually held out of Thursday's preseason matchup with the Grizzlies while going through additional rehabilitation. He was able to participate in the team's shootaround Sunday morning, which indicates he's likely not far off from a return. However, the Thunder could opt to hold him out of Sunday's game against the Timberwolves to avoid any extra strain on his lingering ankle injury. We should see his status updated sometime closer to tip-off.
Adams suffered a sprained ankle during the
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