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Battle of 20-win teams in Sacramento


Battle of 20-win teams in Sacramento

The Kings are coming off a lackluster performance against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday evening and they are playing short-handed. De’Aaron Fox went down with a stiff back against New Orleans and he joins Willie Cauley-Stein on the injured list. 

Orlando is coming off a weird loss in LA on Wednesday. A clock malfunction, followed by an incorrect ruling by the officiating crew cost the Magic an opportunity to go ahead with 0.6 seconds remaining. The Magic have decided not to appeal the loss.  


Kings by 3


Justin Jackson vs. Jonathan Simmons -- Aaron Gordon versus Skal Labissiere would have been fun to watch. So would Bogdan Bogdanovic against Evan Fournier. But Orlando’s injury list is peculiar to say the least and changes the matchup to watch considerably. Jackson put up a solid performance last time out and Simmons is a tough cover. These two should have a good time going at each other for long stretches Friday evening. 


Kings: 20-45, last place in Pacific

Magic: 20-45, last place in Southeast


Kings: PG De’Aaron Fox (lower back stiffness) out, C Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) out, SF/SG Iman Shumpert (left knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season. 

Magic: D.J. Augustin (ankle) questionable, PF Aaron Gordon (concussion) out, SF Evan Fournier (knee) out, SG Terrence Ross (knee) out. 


20-20 -- After facing a red-hot playoff team in the Pelicans on Wednesday, the Sacramento Kings host a team struggling to finish out the year. Like the Kings, the Magic have just 20 wins on the season. They have plenty of young players, but they seem well behind the Kings in their current rebuild.

What could have been... -- The Kings passed on rookie forward Jonathan Isaac on draft night, choosing Fox instead. So far, the decision looks like the right one. Fox is quickly developing into a leader for the Kings and Isaac has struggled to find court time. 

Super Mario -- Mario Hezonja went the pick ahead of Willie Cauley-Stein in the 2015 NBA Draft. Orlando made the decision to not pick up his fourth year option and that may have been premature. The 23-year-old wing posted 15.5 points and five rebounds a game in the month of February and rumors have the Kings interested in him during the offseason. 


The Kings and Magic split the season series 1-1 last season and hold a 1-0 advantage this year. Sacramento leads 30-27 all-time over Orlando. 

Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

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Steph Curry's 30th birthday party was so epic that the Warriors cancelled Tuesday's practice

Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.

Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.

Special guests included E-40, Paramore  and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.

Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.

Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Counting down top plays of Steph Curry's career before 30th birthday -- No. 2

Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.

Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016

The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.

He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.

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