OKC Thunder: Steven Adams out for Grizzlies game
Thunder center Steven Adams will not play Friday afternoon against the Grizzlies, coach Billy Donovan said before tip-off.
Adams took a hard fall on his left leg Wednesday night against the Lakers. He left the game but eventually returned.
"Fell over, hurt myself, found out I made the bucket and it just healed, mate," Adams said after the game. "That’s how it goes."
The team does not believe it's a serious injury.
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"This is something that we feel was better for Steven to take a game and to rest and to get himself feeling a little better," Donovan said.
Adams won't be the only Thunder center out against the Grizzlies. Mike Muscala has yet to be cleared from concussion protocol.
Down two of its three centers, Nerlens Noel will slide into OKC's starting lineup. Donovan said rookies Darius Bazley and Kevin Hervey could play backup center when Noel sits.
Hervey has played just 19 minutes all season. He spent most of his time as a two-way player with the Oklahoma City Blue.
"I'll do whatever we need to do to win," Hervey said before the game. "If he puts me in, if he doesn't put me in, I'll be the biggest cheerleader, I'll be the best teammate. It doesn't matter to me just as long as we win."
Guard Terrance Ferguson, who missed the last two games with a right leg contusion, will be available Friday.
With five games remaining before the playoffs, Donovan was asked about resting players.
"I think it all depends on each individual player in terms of what they need," Donovan said. "There are certain guys that want to play, and they feel like keeping that rhythm and keeping that timing is good. For us, there's still a lot to play for ... If we get to a situation where somebody feels like it's best for them to physically rest a game, we're gonna certainly entertain that."