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Steven Adams will return to Thunder lineup vs. Pacers as he battled knee injury

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Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams will make his return to the lineup for Tuesday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers, according to a report from Steve McGehee of KWTV Sports.

Adams has been dealing with a left knee contusion. Thunder head coach Billy Donovan downplayed the injury after Sunday’s 121-119 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, noting that Adams was held out as a precautionary measure. In his last outing — a 114-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors last week — the former 12th overall pick racked up 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Donovan told ESPN referring to Adams’ injury. “I think he’s been dealing with it for a little bit of time. … When he came back to play, I think it was a little bit sore. I kind of made the comment before the game that I fully anticipated him playing. But I think with where he’s at physically right now, it’s probably better off for him to sit out instead of having this linger.”

The fact that Adams is returning to the lineup is certainly good news for the Thunder, who are carrying a 4-6 record through the early stages of this season. His presence in the paint alone should give the team a needed boost on both ends of the floor.

In his seven appearances. Adams has posted averages of 8.3 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field, 10.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and just under one block in 26.7 minutes per outing.

Tuesday night’s matchup between the Thunder and Pacers is set to tip inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. ET.