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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Steven Adams in doubt for Thunder's season-opener against Golden State with 'questionable' back injury

The Oklahoma City Thunder could start tomorrow's NBA season missing two of their biggest stars with Kiwi centre Steven Adams joining former MVP Russell Westbrook on the team's injury report.

Adams has been listed as "questionable" for the NBA season curtain-raiser against defending champions Golden State Warriors due to lower back stiffness.

The new development comes after Westbrook was already listed as out for the game at Oracle Arena in Oakland as he continues his rehabilitation from a right knee surgery.

Adams is coming off a dominant preseason in which he averaged 11 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in fewer than 25 minutes a game. In all four games, Adams played with no signs of pain.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan can update the injury report tomorrow prior to the match and see both Westbrook and Adams play if they show no signs of pain.

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However should they miss the game, the Thunder have capable back ups in both positions with Dennis Schroder likely to take over at point while Nerlens Noel will take centre.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) dunks between Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, and center DeAndre Jordan, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Steven Adams impressed as he returned from injury. Source: Associated Press


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NZ Breakers spoil homecoming party for NBL champions Melbourne United, claim first win of season

The New Zealand Breakers have spoiled the homecoming party for NBL reigning champions Melbourne United after recording an 88-81 victory.

United unfurled their 2017-18 championship banner in front of a large crowd at Melbourne Arena on Sunday but it was the visitors who celebrated a comeback victory after falling behind by 12 points in the opening quarter.

Former United star Tai Wesley came back to haunt his former club, scoring 21 points in a dazzling first-half display on his way to a game-high 25 points.

Tom Abercrombie helped spark New Zealand's second-quarter fightback, scoring 16 points to overtake Kirk Penney as club's highest scorer, while accurate long- range shooting from guard Patrick Richard (15) helped clinch the win in the final quarter.

The result extended a run of six opening-round games where away teams have emerged victorious.

Coming off a thrilling quadruple-overtime victory over the Illawarra Hawks on Friday night, United faded after the first quarter, with key imports Casper Ware and Josh Boone combining for just eight points.

"It's hard to back up (after) a four-overtime game," Breakers coach Kevin Braswell said as he praised the efforts of the United players for their energetic first half.

"They got tired and one of the things that we wanted to do was to push the pace and I thought we did a pretty good job of that for three-quarters of the game."

Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman credited his opponents for making the most of their advantage.

"You come off a game like we did, they did everything to make it hard for us tonight," Vickerman said.

"They talk about their depth and they used it tonight ... that was a good defensive effort from them."

United were also without new import DJ Kennedy after the 198cm forward went out of Friday's win with an ankle injury.

Chris Goulding led United's scoring with 22 points with assistance from David Barlow (15) and former Cairns Taipans guard Mitch McCarron (14).

United opened the match in style, shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as they jumped out to a 12-point lead, with the Breakers failing to capitalise on numerous second-chance opportunities.

But the Breakers turned it around in the second quarter, outscoring the home side 28-14 as Wesley and Abercrombie led the charge for the visitors to lead by five at halftime.

Former Breakers centre Alex Pledger gave United a boost in the third quarter to help his new club regain the lead but the visitors rallied to maintain their five-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

New Zealand took over in the final term, with Richard opening with a triple before Abercrombie and former United centre Majok Majok combined to push the lead beyond United's reach.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 14:  Thomas Abercrombie of the Breakers drives to the basket during the round one NBL match between Melbourne United and the New Zealand Breakers at Melbourne Arena on October 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Tom Abercrombie went past Kirk Penney as the Breakers' highest scorer. Source: Getty

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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


'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?

Tom Abercrombie leaves the court.
Tom Abercrombie leaves the court. Source: Photosport