Kevin Durant likes his drive to games at Oracle, especially after he makes his way down the hill. Across MacArthur Boulevard. Past the McDonald’s in the Eastmont Town Center. All the way down 73rd Avenue. That’s when the drive feels like home. The fast food chains. The flea market. The grime. The kids running around in the street. Most people see this as the rough part of town they want to speed through. Durant soaks it in. “It reminds me so much of Chocolate City, man,” Durant said, using a nickname for his hometown of Washington, D.C. “I be missing home a lot. So when I ride down through East Oakland to go to the game, I get my fix. I definitely feel like I’m riding around in my own neighborhood.”
April 20, 2018 | 6:57 pm EDT Update
A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he is ‘built for’ postseason basketball. “I feel like I’m one of the most physical players in the league – I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free-throw line,” Embiid said on Friday after scoring 23 points in the Sixers’ Game 3 win over the Miami Heat a night earlier.
Embiid felt ‘sore’ on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. “I need about five massages today. It hurts,” Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. “But it’s the NBA. I’m trying to get back in the groove.”
Michael Grange: Raptors are holding out Fred VanVleet in Game 3 to give his shoulder more time, says Casey.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James planned this ahead of time. Players were fitted by tailors in Cleveland weeks ago and packed the ensemble for the trip. I’ve seen this with USA Basketball and college teams before, but never an NBA team (other than the Wizards all wearing black)