Watch: 'We were shite ...that word 100% fits!' Steven Adams' classic Kiwi take on OKC's awful effort before epic comeback

Kiw NBA star Steven Adams didn't mess around describing the Oklahoma City Thunder's first half performance in yesterday's do-or-die playoff game against the Utah Jazz.

"We were shite."

The Thunder were down by 71-46 - a 25-point deficit - just over three minutes into the third quarter

Adams said the team's defence and their inability to change targets let them significantly in the first two quarters. 

"First half we were shite at switches. That word 100 per cent fits."

But tings began to fire in the third and after a 61-28 run to finish the game, OKC kept their season alive with a 107-99 win.

The result was the biggest comeback in the franchise's history.

"In the second half, our communication was really good and the reads for when we need to switch or not - that's the grey areas. So our grey areas were really defined and that's where you usually get the slips."

The Thunder are not out of the hole yet as they still trail the Jazz 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and head to Utah for game six tomorrow at 2:30pm NZT.

Should they win that game, they will earn a winner-takes-all game seven back home in Oklahoma City on Monday.


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Breakers admit atmosphere at season-opener was lacking, acknowledge fans’ concerns - ‘We were disappointed’

The Breakers are listening to fans' concerns over a poor gameday experience in last night's NBL opening defeat to the Brisbane Bullets, former player and now general manager Dillon Boucher says.

As the Breakers slumped to an 86-73 loss to the Bullets, their first game under new ownership, fans have been quick to express their outrage at the changes in the game day experience at Spark Arena, with a subdued atmosphere noticeable both on the televised broadcast, as well as to those in attendance.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Boucher says that last night's match shouldn't serve as a deterrent for fans returning for future matches, and that their concerns are being taken seriously.

"I feel like we've set a very high bar, a very high standard of what we expect game nights to be," he began.

"We were disappointed at the execution of our game night last night, we won't sugarcoat that. We've had a lot of teething problems.

"We take all of our feedback seriously, and we'll be making sure that come next Sunday we've rectified a lot of the things that people have identified - that we have already identified ourselves."

Boucher also urged patience from the fans, with some on social media suggesting they want refunds on their season tickets.

"Just because one game night is not up to scratch, I expect those people to stick by us and support us - and I know our loyal supporters will."

"We want the crowd to be involved, and the participation to be involved.

"We had a lot of moving pieces last night, that over time, those things can be lost in translation. We've got a big debrief today, that we'll identify the areas we need to improve on.

"Each person will have a responsibility to make sure that area ticks over better.

"It will definitely be better come Sunday."

The Breakers' next home game comes against the Sydney Kings on October 21.

Boucher says there were "a lot of teething problems" in the season opener. Source: 1 NEWS

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'We may as well have been at home' - Breakers fans vent frustations over poor experience at NBL season opener

Breakers fans have expressed their disappointment at the club's game day experience, following their NBL season opening defeat to the Brisbane Bullets in Auckland last night.

As the Breakers slumped to an 86-73 loss to the Bullets, their first game under new ownership, fans have been quick to express their outrage at the changes in the game day experience at Spark Arena, with a subdued atmosphere noticeable both on the televised broadcast, as well as to those in attendance.

"There was no geeing up of the crowd, no decent time out entertainment, no half time song to get the crowd on their feet. Without the crowd into it, it was a very flat atmosphere. I've been going to games for 15 years, and that was the quietest game I've ever seen," wrote Trudy Renner Falconer on Facebook.

"Wow what have they done. Taken away all the crowd interaction - very flat," Sheryl Cronin wrote on Facebook. "We may as well have been at home."

"The few traditions the Breakers had at home games have been thrown out. Has the emcee ever been to a basketball game before? The games were amateurish and disorganised and made no attempt to involve the crowd. Sort your act out Breakers management," Wayne Chatfield wrote on Facebook.

The question is, will the Breakers rush to improve fans' experiences ahead of their next home game, coming against the Sydney Kings on October 21?

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Tom Abercrombie leaves the court. Source: Photosport


Watch: 'You can't eat that much!' Steven Adams grilled by Russell Westbrook after huge restaurant order

Steven Adams has lived up to his reputation as a big man of the NBA after getting called out by one of his Thunder teammates for his huge food orders at a restaurant.

The Kiwi centre and OKC teammate Russell Westbrook were sharing a meal this week when Adams' all star teammate called him out for ordering five plates of food.

"Well, Steve ordered this, a little bit of that, and that, and that," Westbrook says as he pans his phone across the numerous meals.

"Bro, you cannot eat that much!"

After being called out by Westbrook, Adams doesn't reply - instead pulling one of his trademark cheeky grins.

The large meal could be a reward though, considering the high-flying start the 25-year-old has made for the Thunder in preseason.

In three games, Adams has averaged a double-double for the Thunder with 13 points and 11 rebounds while also picking up an average of two assists per game as well.

Oklahoma City are relying more on Adams currently with the team without Westbrook, who is recovering from a knee surgery, and the departure of another all star in the offseason, Carmelo Anthony.


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