Former Pitt center has made his mark in this year's NBA Playoffs and his stock is on the rise. But if you haven't been paying attention, Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder now find themselves in a precarious position against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder had a chance to close out the series and send Adams to the NBA Finals for the first time in his young career. But despite a seven-point lead with under five minutes to play, Oklahoma City couldn't close things out as the Warriors went on a 12-2 run to finish the game, giving them a 108-101 victory on the road and force a Game 7.
Now Adams and the Thunder have their backs against the wall and must win on the road themselves to advance. But the young center says his team will rebound:
"We've just got to be ready, man," said Adams in Oklahoma. "We take the loss, now it all comes down to just cutting the mistakes. We're right there. Once we get those [errors] cleaned up we'll be solid.
"If you're asking about our spirit in the team, it's pretty good bro, pretty fine" he told a gaggle of reporters. "Obviously we lost a game, and the boys aren't happy, but we'll bounce back."
It's a daunting task and picking Oklahoma City to win this game isn't an easy thing to do. Up against the defending champions on their home court in a season where they just eclipsed the Chicago Bulls' legendary regular season win total. The Thunder have proven three times they can defeat the Warriors, but this is a tall task.
Win or lose, Adams has already impressed in this year's postseason. But if he's able to help the Thunder come up with a win to reach the finals, his stock will only continue to rise.