Steven Adams has proved once again why he deserves to be recognised as one of the hardest players in the NBA.

The New Zealander’s ability to punch through the pain barrier is already well documented with the Oklahoma City Thunder forward refusing to be intimidated by rough play. Blows below the belt and loose elbows around the ears have been part of the deal as Adams bangs bodies on the paint, and keeps on piling up the minutes.

Even as blood poured from his nose, a result of copping a whack to the face from Karl-Anthony Towns when the Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Adams refused to submit.

After getting the injury attended to, Adams was back on court with a tissue hanging out of his nostril to prevent the blood from seeping out of his face.

“There’s no way that’s staying in,” a commentator said. “How long until that thing’s coming out when he’s jogging up the floor?”

Another commentator later said: “Man, how about the blood that is just collecting in that tissue inside of Adams’ nose. You can see the red from here.”

Adams played 36 minutes, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 131-120 defeat.


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