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Steven Adams 'shouldn't be fall guy' for Oklahoma City Thunder's shortcomings


Just because one NBA talking head suggests a Steven Adams trade could be a good move for the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder, it doesn't mean their big Kiwi centre is being shipped out of town any time soon.


The Thunder would be honour bound to make a change of some description if they crash out, as expected, against Portland whom they trail 3-1 heading into today's do-or-die game 5 at the Moda Center (2.30pm tip, NZT).


But to throw Adams under the bus, as respected NBA hoops analyst Bill Simmons has on his podcast when he suggests the 25-year-old New Zealander could be the "fall guy" if the Thunder make a move in the looming off-season, is drawing a long bow.


Adams is averaging just 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in this series (below his regular season numbers of 13.9 and 9.5 respectively) and in game 4's 111-98 defeat in OKC coach Billy Donovan sat the Kiwi for the entire fourth quarter.


Look, if the Thunder don't dig out of this hole, this series defeat will assuredly be on Russell Westbrook who has been outplayed thus far by the more composed, and cerebral, Damian Lillard.


Steven Adams pitched in but it was the Russell Westbrook show as the OKC Thunder rolled past Portland 120-108 in game 3 of their NBA playoff series.






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