Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams knows more than anyone would care to about getting kicked in the balls, having repeatedly been the victim of Draymond Green’s foot during the 2016 playoffs.
Which is why his jamming his foot into the nuts of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal—another Draymond enemy—has to have been accidental; Adams wouldn’t knowingly subject anyone, even an opponent, to a similar fate.
In fact, Beal can blame any morning-after soreness on his teammate Marcin Gortat, who was dragging Adams to the ground when the Kiwi extended his legs and found Beal’s kiwis on Thursday night.
Ouch 😅 pic.twitter.com/ys7NRrUHuZ
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Beal was less than pleased.
Beal trying to walk after Steven Adams went Street Fighter II Turbo on his balls pic.twitter.com/N4UjPR4ZhL
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Unlike Green after his first crack at Adams’ atoms, the Thunder big man was actually hit with a technical foul for being dragged to the ground by the Polish Hammer.
To his credit, Beal gave Adams the benefit of the doubt after the Thunder’s 121-112 victory.
“I don’t know if it [was intentional] or not, I just know that I got kicked where I shouldn’t have been kicked,” Beal said, presumably wincing with an ice pack on his crotch. “I’m not going to sit here and say he meant it. I don’t know if he did or not. On the replay, it looked like he got pulled and that’s like a natural reaction. Regardless of the fact, I still got kicked.”