Donovan credits Melo and George for improvement of Adams

Nov 22, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) steals the ball from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach credits star forwards Carmelo Anthony and Paul George for the improvement of center Steven Adams this season, according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.

“I think people have it really backwards,” said Donovan of Adams’ recent offensive surge. “That’s the greatness, to me, of Carmelo Anthony. The reason why Steven Adams is doing what he’s doing is because of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.”

The Thunder have won three games in a row, and Adams is averaging 22 points per game on an 80 percent shooting clip during that stretch.

Donovan says that Anthony’s unselfishness is a big reason for that.

“I think a lot of people don’t see, they look at Carmelo and think, ‘Oh, he’s only taken seven or eight shots in two games,’ and they miss the big picture of what the guy has done for Steven Adams,” he said. “It should be one point for Steven and one point for Carmelo. One point for Steve, one point for Paul. It’s a team. I think you all benefit from each other when you’re out there on the floor and playing the right way.”

Known for his entire career as a top scoring option, Anthony has taken a bit of a back seat this season and is embracing a more team-oriented approach.

“For me, personally, it’s just about doing something different, seeing where the team really needs me on a night-to-night basis,” said Anthony. “And just be willing to do that and being willing to sacrifice, not every night having to score 20 or 30 points. And I’m good with that; it’s a good feeling, as long as we’re winning.”

OKC’s three-game winning streak has them at 11-12 on the season after a disappointing 8-12 start had many ready to push the panic problem. The Thunder still have their problems, but winning three close games in a row is a positive step forward.

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