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3. “I learned how to tune out the bulls*** and just play,” said Durant as Warriors return to Oklahoma
Tonight, Kevin Durant will play against Oklahoma City Thunder. The small forward has played in Oklahoma City only once since he left the team last season. On that occasion, he didn’t exactly receive a loving return. Fans greeted him with a chorus of boos as well as cupcake signs.
After the game, Durant admitted that playing against the Thunder was “never going to be a regular game” for him because of his history with the team. However, one year on, he appears to have had a change of tune. Whatever the fans will chant is not going to bother the 2014 NBA MVP.
Kevin Durant downplaying the Warriors-Thunder game in OKC tomorrow: “Just a regular game for me now. I learned how to tune out the crowd.” pic.twitter.com/bKhqjT9JWw
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 21, 2017
Durant told reporters after Tuesday’s practice: “Just a regular game for me now. I learned how to tune out the crowd. “I learned how to tune out the bulls*** and just play.” He continued “I know if I don’t focus and lock in, I won’t play to the best of my abilities. Try to block out all the nonsense and all the BS, and just go out there and play.”
2. Joel Embiid: “if they’re not strong mentally, that’s not my fault […] I don’t think you want to try me”
Joel Embiid is one of those players who talk trash and troll the opposition. The funniest part of it is that Embiid is never concerned with possible payback. The Sixers’ Embiid, entertaining like always, explained why he doesn’t care about that, on ESPN’s Tuesday edition of “SC6.”
“Oh, no, I’m not worried about that. If those guys that want to get their feelings hurt, if they’re not strong mentally, that’s not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, and if we all got to square up, I mean, I’m 7-2 and I’m a big dude. I don’t think you want to try me. And I’m African, too, so. That’s the whole point of playing basketball — having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone’s ass and just play basketball.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers got an easy win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, blowing out the home team 116-88. It was the Cavs’ fifth-straight win as they continue to dig themselves out of an early-season slump.
However, after the game, there was only one question on the mind of media members. Coach Tyronn Lue faced several questions about LeBron James’s minutes. As the star forward played 27 minutes – only the 16th time in his long career he has played that few minutes in a game. In a win on Friday, LeBron played 46 minutes, so reporters wanted to know if this was a way to get the superstar some more rest.
Coach Lue said he’s tired of hearing about LeBron’s minutes, adding that people ask all-time greats to do more. “I hear about that all the time. I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39, he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe [Bryant]. Everybody’s built differently. If you’re one of the greats, sometimes you’ve got to play, sometimes you get to rest like tonight.”
Even James admitted that what matters is a win. “You make so much a big thing about my minutes,” James said. “It’s not a huge issue. But at the end of the day, when we can get a win like this, everybody benefits from it. Not just me. Everybody.”