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Former Pitt center Steven Adams has solid performance in NBA's Rising Stars game

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Former Pitt center Steven Adams has put together a solid rookie campaign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. His overall numbers (3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game) are pretty modest, but considering that Adams is averaging fewer than 15 minutes per game, he's not doing too badly.

Adams' play earned him a spot in the NBA's Rising Stars game, which features rookies and second-year players. The game was on Friday, helping to open All-Star Weekend and Adams fared well.

ESPN gave him a grade of a B for his play. Adams made all three of his field goal attempts and pulled in two rebounds. The real focal point of his game, though, was his defense. Adams had a team-high four blocks and also added two steals.

As I wrote recently, Adams has seen his minutes cut in OKC. Those minutes have been slashed even more as he's now down to a season-low 11.7 per game in February. It will be interesting to see what happens to him down the stretch run since the Thunder are trying to win a championship.

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