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Oklahoma City '10 vs. Oakland '07

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Oklahoma City '10 vs. Oakland '07

May 1, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVE
NBA PAGEMatt Steinmetz
CSNBayArea.com
The Oklahoma City Thunder may have been eliminated Fridaynight by the Lakers, but its home crowd will live on as the best of the 2010NBA playoffs.Thunder fans have been the most vocal and passionate of thepostseason, and with most of its faithful clad in blue Lets Go Thundershirts, it made for a nice visual on television.But apparently, it was nothing compared with how OracleArena came across on television during the 2007 playoffs. At least according toWarriors fans.Now, I dont know how the noise level inside of the twoarenas compared, but according to Warriors fans, OKCs Blue-out had nothingon We Believe.Bottom line is Warriors fans apparently still believe thattheyre the best crowd in the NBA. In other words, dont get them started.During Fridays OKC-LAL Game 6, I wondered on Twitter howthe Thunder crowd of 2010 compared with the Warriors playoff crowd of 2007.Heres a sampling of what I got back: @blkdiemend: Not even close, that Yellow was so blindingand the crowd was just so much hungrier. GSW result of trouble, OKC cause ofit.@808Rude: Not even close! I was in the house for every homeplayoff game. They are using thunder sticks and prompts from the announcer.@EricEnglish1: we believe is WAY better...OKC is biting ourstyle. First they steal our mascot's name, now our t-shirts?@AczonAczoff: They look like seats and it looks like thearena is empty@GSWBALL: It doesnt@JRAM_91: OKC shirts just say "NBA Playoffs 2010"on them. Kinda lame IMO. At least we had a slogan. Yellow much more menacingtoo.@benmalone1908: Looks like empty seats. White would've beenbetter@sasanobr: doesn't compare. Yellow brighter and louder.Plus I like a "sea of gold" and "We Believe" more than"blue out"What's your take? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one

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Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one

Kevin Durant doesn't take it easy on anyone. Not even the children of teammate Zaza Pachulia.

After practice on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pachulia's two sons, Davit and Saba, were playing one-on-one at the facility the Warriors were using. Kevin Durant filmed one sequence and posted it to his Instagram Story.

One of Pachulia's sons grabbed the ball and drives around the other without dribbling. As he makes the shot, Durant offers his commentary and took a shot at the Warriors starting center.

"That's a travel. Such a travel. Same thing your pops do," Durant said, taking a shot at Pachulia.

Durant also had another message for Pachulia written on the video.

"Yo, @zazapachulia at some you have to teach the boys how to play off the bounce," Durant wrote.

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

After losing the biggest test of the season thus far, the Warriors will try to get back to winning Saturday, when they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.

The Warriors (11-4), who are coming off their first loss in eight games, a 92-88 defeat at Boston on Thursday, laid a 135-114 beating on the 76ers one week ago in Oakland. They shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent beyond the arc.

The Sixers (8-6) started the season by losing four of their first five games but have recovered nicely, winning seven of their last nine. They rebounded from the loss to the Warriors by sweeping the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles earlier this week.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Draymond Green and Co. vs. Joel Embiid: The Warriors used a tag-team effort to lock down the Philadelphia big man last week, holding Embiid to 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds while forcing seven turnovers. It was a lesson in team defense, and they’ll try to repeat that performance. No fewer than five Warriors -- Zaza Pachulia, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, David West and Green -- will get chances to defend Embiid, who responded to a poor game in Oakland by combining for 87 points and 31 rebounds in torching the Clippers and the Lakers in LA.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist bruise) is listed as questionable. G/F Justin Anderson (L shin splints), G Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.

GAME OFFICIALS:
Tony Brothers (crew chief), Bennie Adams and Lauren Holtkamp.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won the last nine meetings overall, the last four in Philadelphia. Their last loss in Philadelphia was on March 2, 2013.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
WHAT ABOUT STEPH? Stephen Curry has fallen into a bit of a shooting rut, and it’s not necessarily related to the thigh bruise sustained last Saturday against 76ers. He is 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 9-of-33 (27.3) from deep, over his last four games; he was 34-of-58 (58.6) and 18-of-32 (56.3) in the four games before that. He’ll get opportunities against the Philly defense. Can he snap out of it?

I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y SPELLS INTENSITY: The Warriors are have a tough time shaking the habit of strolling through too many parts of games. After a first half in which they committed 13 turnovers and allowed Philly to shoot 52 percent, the Warriors last week used a third-quarter barrage to put the game away. After being freshly burned in Boston, expect them to bring some early fire, trying to bury the Sixers early and totally.

BEN SIMMONS PT. II: In sending a variety of defenders at the 6-foot-10 point guard, the Warriors kept Simmons off balance and turned him into a volume shooter. He took 17 shots, his second-highest total of the season, and made six. There is no reason to expect a substantial change, and this time the Warriors will add Andre Iguodala into the defensive mix.