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Kings fighting fatigue against Knicks in back-to-back at home


Kings fighting fatigue against Knicks in back-to-back at home

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA schedule has a way of wearing a team down. The Sacramento Kings face a struggling New York Knicks team at Golden 1 Center on Sunday. It’s the second night of a back-to-back for the Kings and their fifth game in seven nights.

Sacramento put up a fight, but lost to the Utah Jazz on Saturday evening. The young backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way, combining to score 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, but it wasn’t enough to stop the playoff chasing Jazz.

New York is in a tailspin of their own. They’ve lost three straight and 11 of their last 12. The loss of All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis has a dark cloud hanging over the franchise as they limp to the finish line.


Knicks by 2.5


Skal Labissiere vs. Enes Kanter -- Whether he starts or comes off the Kings’ bench, Labissiere is likely to get a heavy dose of Kanter. Kanter is an aggressive scorer that loves to hit the glass. He’s notched double-doubles in 11 of his previous 13 games and despite playing just 25.9 minutes per game, he’s averaging 10.7 boards per game for New York. Labissiere posted his third double-double of the season on Saturday night and was very active. He’ll need to bring that same effort against Kanter.


Kings: 19-44, fourth place in Pacific

Knicks: 24-39, fourth place in Atlantic


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

Knicks: PF/C Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out for the season, SG Ron Baker (ankle) out for the season, Joakim Noah (mutual decision) out for the season.


Dig Deep -- It’s a good thing the Kings have young legs. Not only are they playing the second night of a back-to-back, but this is the fifth game in seven nights for Sacramento. They’ll have another set like this coming up, which includes four road games, three time zones and finishes with a vicious back-to-back on the road against the Warriors and Jazz.

Continue to Build Chemistry -- With 19 games remaining, the Kings are giving their young players an opportunity to play meaningful minutes. Not only do they need to show that they are NBA regulars, but they need to begin building some continuity for next season. 

Finding Frank -- Frank Mason missed nearly two months with a heel injury and he’s struggled to get his legs under him since returning on Feb. 22. The rookie point guard scored nine points and picked up four steals in the loss to Utah, which is a something to build on. Sacramento could really use his presence off the bench as the season winds down.


New York leads the season-series 1-0 after knocking off the Kings at Madison Square Garden back in early November. The Kings hold a 153-143 advantage over the Knicks all-time, but New York leads 34-29 during the Sacramento-era.

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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