The Oklahoma City Thunder opened up their preseason overseas in Spain against Real Madrid, and it got off to a rather ominous start when Steven Adams had to leave the game in the first half after spraining his right ankle. The Thunder then blew a lead that was as large as 22 points (it was 17 when Adams left) and lost 142-137 in overtime.
Adams landed awkwardly on his right foot in the second quarter and immediately limped off the floor to the locker room. The Thunder soon diagnosed the injury as a sprained ankle and said he wouldn’t return to the game, although it’s unclear if the big man will miss an extended period of time.
Oklahoma City missed Adams’ presence in the middle defensively as Real Madrid stormed back behind a potent offensive attack that featured 58 percent shooting and 20 made three-pointers. It still looked like the Thunder were going to come away with a victory in regulation, but Real Madrid’s Andres Nocioni was fouled on a three-pointer in the final seconds, setting up some chaos.
Nocioni made the first two free throws, and then this happened:
Real Madrid continued the offensive dominance in overtime to come away with the victory, although it must be noted that Russell Westbrook didn’t play much in the second half. Victor Oladipo led Oklahoma City with 34 points on 14-of-24 shooting.
While blowing the big lead is irksome, the real story for the Thunder is Adams’ injury. Oklahoma City can’t afford to lose the New Zealander for a lengthy amount of time, so hopefully the injury is minor.