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Steven Adams Watch: Vince Carter discovers what Kiwi Strong means

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Midway through the 3rd quarter, Vince Carter decided to tussle with rookie Steven Adams.

Steven Adams, the Oklahoma City Thunder's rookie center, is quite the physical presence. On top of that, he possesses agility and strength that are quickly endearing him to the Thunder fanbase.

Adams got into his first NBA scuffle against the Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter. After inadvertently elbowing Carter in the head, Carter decided to get some retribution, and you can see it in the video above.

Elbow. Straight to the side of the head. Didn't phase Adams one bit.

In fact, Adams played straight on through the impact, and like any good rugby player, looked confused as to why the action was halted.

German superstar Dirk Nowitzki was impressed.

Did the elbow hurt? Yeah.

That's what we call "Kiwi Strong."

Play on.