Thunder center Steven Adams ruled out against Bucks
Thunder center Steven Adams (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
It's the same injury that sidelined Adams for two games last week.
"I don’t think it’s serious," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said pregame. "I think he’s been dealing with it for a little bit of time. He had that knee contusion. When he came back to play I think it was a little bit sore. I kind of made the comment before the game yesterday 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."
Adams appeared to be healthy in the Thunder's last three games. He averaged 26 minutes and shot 80 percent from the floor in games this week against Orlando, San Antonio and Golden State.
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Adams had 13 points and eight rebounds Saturday night against the Warriors. Donovan said he didn't know of a particular play from Saturday that made Adams' knee injury flare up.
"But I think with him being out there and the amount of bodies he’s around, I’m sure he gets hit and banged," Donovan said. "I think this morning him getting some treatment and working with the medical staff, they just came to the conclusion that it’s best for him right now, where he’s at physically, to have him sit out."
Nerlens Noel and Mike Muscala will likely split time at center in Adams' absence.
OKC (4-5) and Milwaukee (6-3) will tip-off at 6 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.