Steven Adams: Fan Appears to Grab Oklahoma City Thunder Center’s Arm During Final Sequence
It was a wild finish to the Thunder-Spurs game Monday night. Lost in all the action over the final 13 seconds, though, was what happened to Oklahoma City center Steven Adams.
Adams attempted to block a shot on the wing in the closing seconds of the Game 2 win over the Spurs. His momentum then took him into the first row, where a fan appeared to hold him back as play continued.
According to Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News, the woman was just trying to regain her balance after the 7-foot, 255-pound Adams fell on her, sources told him.
Hearing that the fan who appeared to be grabbing Adams was
apparently just trying to regain her balance after he fell on her. #Spurs
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) May 3, 2016
The grabbing of Adams wasn’t the only thing that happened on the final play, though.
Inbounding the ball with a 1-point lead with roughly 13.5 seconds left, the Thunder looked to be in good position to win. But Thunder guard Dion Waiters, who was inbounding the ball, had his pass to Kevin Durant stolen by Danny Green.
Replays showed that Waiters used to arm to clear out space from Manu Ginobili, who was fiercely guarding him at the sideline, and should have resulted in an offensive foul. But replays also showed that Ginobili was over the line while pressuring Waiters—a technical foul. Waiters then had to jump to get the ball to Durant—also a violation that results in a loss of possession—unless the inbounding team is doing it after a made field, which they weren’t.
Lost in all the Waiters-Ginobili drama was Spurs defensive wizard Kawhi Leonard holding Russell Westbrook’s jersey in an attempt to keep up with him—an inbounds foul that results in a free throw for the Thunder and they get to keep possession.
After all that, no penalties were called, and the Spurs—following Green’s steal—had several chances to win, but couldn’t connect and Oklahoma City held on for a 98–97 win. The series is now tied at one game apiece.