Adams (back) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Warriors, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Adams came into Tuesday with a questionable designation due to lower back soreness and it appears the team will wait until he goes through pregame warmups to make a decision on his availability. Look for another update to be provided as tip-off approaches, but if Adams were to miss time, Nerlens Noel would likely be in line for a start at center. Patrick Patterson could also be used more as a small-ball center.
Adams is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors with lower back stiffness, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Adams was apparently healthy throughout the preseason, so it's unclear exactly when the big man picked up the back problems. He will likely end up being a game-time decision Tuesday, but in the event that Adams is ruled out, the Thunder will likely lean on Nerlens Noel to start at center for them in Golden State.
Adams totaled 14 points (7-11 FG) and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes of action in a 113-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
This was easily Adams best game of the preseason, as he abused the defensively-inept Karl-Anthony Towns. What's especially encouraging is the fact that Adams posted this double-double in Nerlens Noel's best game of the preseason, as these two make for one of the best center combos in the league. Double-doubles will be a constant for Adams all season long and that makes him a reliable top-75 pick in fantasy drafts.
Adams tallied 19 points (9-11 FG, 1-1 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 39 minutes during Oklahoma City's 96-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Adams came alive for what turned out to be the finale of the series, posting his best scoring and rebounding totals of the six games. The fifth-year big man had scored in double digits in only one game prior, and Friday also marked the first time he'd taken double-digit shot attempts. Adams improved across the stat sheet this past season, but a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert led to more modest averages of 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 33.3 minutes in the series against the Jazz.
Adams managed six points (2-6 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and two steals across 41 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Adams continues to run into the brick wall that is Rudy Gobert, with Wednesday's scoring total serving as a series low. The 24-year-old's 33.3 percent success rate from the floor was also his poorest of the five games against the Jazz, and his obvious matchup problems are keeping his value in DFS postseason contests significantly capped. He'll look to generate better production as the Thunder once again try to avoid elimination in Friday's Game 6.
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