Thunder’s Steven Adams exits game vs. Spurs with ankle injury
Oklahoma City Thunder has reportedly exited the game against the San Antonio Spurs after sustaining an ankle injury, according to Royce Young of ESPN.
Steven Adams tweaked his left ankle and is headed to the locker room. Really tough spot here for OKC against Aldridge with no backup center.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 11, 2019
UPDATE: Adams has returned to the game and looks fine, tying the contest with a slam dunk in overtime.
Status note: Steven Adams (ankle) has returned to Thursday's game.
— FantasyLabs NBA (@FantasyLabsNBA) January 11, 2019
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 11, 2019
OKC dodged a bullet with Adams, as they do not have a legitimate backup center. Aldridge took charge of the Spurs’ offense and went on a scoring outburst during Adams’ brief absence. Aldridge finished with 56 points with nine rebounds in 49 minutes. San Antonio also got help from Derrick White (23points, five boards, eight assists) and Marco Bellineli (19 points).
Adams has been doing his best to contain Aldridge all game, while helping OKC on offense. He racked up 19 points and seven rebounds in 41 minutes of action.
Russell Westbrook (24 points, 24 assists), Paul George (30 points, eight boards), and Jerami Grant (25 points, and 12rebounds) had a collective effort to counter Aldridge and the Spurs’ offense.