Thunder center Steven Adams progressing toward return
Thunder center Steven Adams (left knee contusion) is progressing toward a return.
After missing two games last week due to injury, on Monday Adams participated in practice, including contact drills, according to OKC coach Billy Donovan.
“He looked pretty good,” Donovan said. “We’ll see how he responds from the workout, but he did everything today.”
The Thunder plays a tall Orlando team Tuesday evening at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder will announce Adams’s availability closer to game time.
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“Steve-O absolutely helps,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. “Steve-O helps in every capacity. His spirit is always right, he plays the right way, and I think he gives our team that confidence.”
Backup center Nerlens Noel (right ankle sprain), who started in Adams’s place against Portland and New Orleans, sat out of practice Monday, per Donovan. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, when he was fouled by Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball. Noel remained in the game.
“But there was some soreness, and some stiffness,” Donovan said. “He was tight. … So, we thought with the treatment and the rest there’s good hope he will be available tomorrow.”
Thunder guard Andre Roberson participated in non-contact portions of practice, according to Donovan. Roberson has not appeared in a game since rupturing his left patellar tendon in January 2018 and experiencing multiple setbacks last season.