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Adams Watch: Best effort by rookie since 2010
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Adams Watch: Best effort by rookie since 2010

Steven Adams' impact with the Oklahoma City Thunder is winning plaudits.

His first double-double in the Thunder's 119-110 win over Detroit only increased the media traffic around him.

Shooting 7-for-10 from the field, grabbing 10 rebounds and making three assists and three blocks he was the first Thunder rookie to achieve the feat since Serge Ibaka in February 2010.

Coach Scott Brooks told the Oklahoma News: "I thought Steven had just a terrific game.

"The young man is getting better and better every day because he works hard. He has great hands, and he finishes around the basket. Those are the things that we expect him to continue to get better at."

The newspaper noted that in the second half, 'Adams produced one jaw-dropping play after another'.

Thunder guard Derek Fisher said: "I think he's just trying his best to keep the game simple and not overthink it.

"That's the toughest part as a first-year player. I think so far, not just tonight but so far this season, he's done a good job of it."

What impressed the locals was that the effort against Detroit was the best competition Adams has been exposed to and he improved on all that he had done before.

"With forward Josh Smith joining Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons have constructed a front line that many consider one of the best in basketball. But on this night, Adams thoroughly outplayed Drummond, who came into the game averaging 11.3 points and 11.3 rebounds.

"Adams helped limit him to four points and three rebounds. Drummond committed four fouls in 23 minutes."

However, Adams was keeping his own counsel.

"The only one that matters is that we win," he said.


"As long as we've got more points than the other team, we're straight."

The media were surprised that Adams pointed out his flaws.

"I don't care about the double-double. The fact is that doesn't mean anything because I still performed badly on the defensive end, defensive assignments that I had to do. So that's what I'm really worried about," he said.

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