Thunder: Steven Adams took a charge, and he wants you to know it
SALT LAKE CITY – Steven Adams’s gold tooth sparkled as a wide smile spread across his previously solemn face.
“However, did you guys see the charge?” Adams said. “That’s the first one of my career. I don’t usually brag, but it’s the first one of my career. Seven years. So, write about that please. Screen shot it. Whatever you guys got to do. Send it to me."
In the locker room after the Thunder’s 104-90 win over the Jazz Tuesday, Adams fielded questions about playing the role of point guard in one pick-and-roll, and his approach to scoring against Rudy Gobert. But what he really wanted to talk about was The Charge.
It was, as Adams suggested, worthy of headlines.
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Midway through the third quarter, Gobert drove to the basket in transition. But before he could get there, Adams set his feet in front of him.
It was a long way to the ground for the 7-foot Thunder center. He absorbed contact and let himself fly backwards, sliding across the baseline into a backwards somersault.
If there were advanced metrics measuring giddiness, Adams's post-charge feelings would be off the charts. He pointed to his chest and held his index finger in the air. He pumped his fist. Grinning the whole time.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder tried to steal the moment from Adams, challenging the call. But even heading into the review, Adams high-fived teammates on the bench. The call was upheld, and the Thunder got the ball back with a seven-point lead.
Adams did a lot of other things in the Thunder’s unexpected road win. He shot 4-of-4 from the field. He battled with Gobert in the low post.
But if you ask Adams, it all paled in comparison to The Charge in the seventh season of his career.