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Thunder: Steven Adams still limited by knee injury

LOS ANGELES — Nerlens Noel was the Thunder's closing center Tuesday night in a 112-107 loss to the Lakers. Starting center Steven Adams sat on the bench. 

"Obviously we're dealing with Steven's knee still," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of the decision. "I don't want to say he's on a minutes restriction, but we're trying to be mindful and keep him in a range." 

It wasn't obvious that Adams' left knee was still an issue. A left knee contusion forced Adams to sit three games: Oct. 30, Nov. 2 and Nov. 10. But Adams, including Tuesday, has started OKC's last four games. 

He played 27 minutes against the Clippers on Monday, and 24 minutes against the Lakers on Tuesday. 

Adams is averaging 26.3 minutes per game, down from 33.4 minutes last season. His scoring has dropped from 13.9 points per game to 7.8 points per game. Adams, a career 58.6 percent shooter, is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor this season. 

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Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee (7) fights for a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee (7) fights for a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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