NBA: Thunder's Steven Adams injured, questionable to play against Orlando Magic

Adams sustained the injury against the Bucks.
Adams sustained the injury against the Bucks. Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi centre Steven Adams is under an injury cloud for the Oklahoma City Thunder's match-up with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday (NZ time).

On Monday, Adams sprained his ankle during the 118-112 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks and has since been listed as questionable to play against the struggling Floridians.

The 25-year-old limped to the locker room during the first quarter of action against the Bucks, before returning to the court to post 14 points and eight rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

The absence would be a rare one for the notoriously durable Adams, who's only missed one game of the Thunder's 2018/19 campaign so far.

Coach Billy Donovan will confirm his availability closer to the 1pm tip-off. If unable to play, fellow 2012 NBA draft classmate Nerlens Noel would likely draw the start at centre. 

Adams, branded as the NBA's toughest player by coaches last year, is compiling a career-best season, posting current per-game averages of 15.4 points and 10 rebounds.

He's in line to make his first All-Star appearance this season, pending the release of the coach voting on Friday.


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