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Steph Curry not on CJ McCollum's list of top three NBA players right now

Steph Curry not on CJ McCollum's list of top three NBA players right now

Out of sight, out of mind.

Steph Curry missed a majority of the 2019-20 NBA season due to a broken left hand, so it's easy to forget just how good he is because he hasn't been on the court putting on dazzling displays night after night.

When fully healthy, Curry arguably is one of the NBA's top-five players.

But one of Curry's peers didn't include him on their list of the top three NBA players in the league right now.

In an interview with Jay Williams for "The Boardroom," Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum was put on the spot to list the three best players in the NBA.

McCollum wanted to include Kevin Durant but omitted him because the former Warriors star is hurt.

" 'Bron ... Kawhi. Giannis," McCollum finally said. "I think 'Bron has solidified himself as the best player right now."

So, McCollum went with LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Right now, among healthy players who have played a majority of the season, it's hard to argue with McCollum.

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LeBron and Giannis were the top candidates for the 2019-20 MVP, and Kawhi is the best two-way player in the NBA.

We're sure once Curry is fully healthy and able to put on a show on a nightly basis, he'll reclaim his place as one of the best players in the NBA and his peers will have a hard time forgetting about him.

Kings' Alex Len, Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum fined for shoving match

Kings' Alex Len, Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum fined for shoving match

Alex Len and CJ McCollum got into a minor tussle Saturday night in Portland, and their wallets are lighter for it.

The NBA announced Sunday that both Len and McCollum were fined for their altercation. The Trail Blazers guard was fined $20,000 for shoving the Kings center and trying to escalate the situation. Len was docked $15,000 for shoving.

Was it worth it? Not really. 

The Kings left Portland with a 121-111 win, their first victory in the Rose City since Dec. 12, 2012.

[RELATED: Len proves Kings won't be pushed around]

The win moved the Kings closer to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Luke Walton's club now sits just 3 1/2 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed. 

The Kings are back in action Sunday night when they host the Toronto Raptors at Golden 1 Center.

Alex Len shoves back as Kings stun Blazers in tight NBA playoff race

Alex Len shoves back as Kings stun Blazers in tight NBA playoff race

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every once in a while, a moment happens in a game that doesn’t really show up in the box score, and means a lot more than any point or rebound. Alex Len had one of those moments Saturday against the Trail Blazers. 

Down big coming out of the intermission, the Blazers came out in the third quarter with a chip on their shoulder. 53 seconds into the quarter, former King, Trevor Ariza went hard to the basket. Standing in his way was Harry Giles and the situation turned ugly.

Giles stood straight up and down lept into the air and then caught an Ariza knee to the groin. Giles went down in a heap and even picked up a foul for his trouble.

The second-year center went to the bench and then the locker room to make sure he hadn’t done permanent damage and coach Luke Walton turned to 7-footer Alex Len to eat sometime.

At the 8:50 mark of the quarter, a little over two minutes later, Len set a hard screen on CJ McCollum. McCollum went back for more and Len popped him again.

Then there was a push and another and then two players, one 7-foot tall and the other 6-foot-3, faced off for a standard NBA “fight”. 

No blood was shed, but a statement was clear - the Sacramento Kings are here to beat you on your home floor and they aren’t going to get pushed around. 

“I think that’s Alex’s second scuffle already, what you would call a fight in today’s NBA,” Walton said following the 123-111 win. “We love it. We don’t want any fights, we don’t want anyone to ever get hurt, but we need to play with an edge. The only way you play with an edge is to have guys with that in their makeup.”

Sacramento responded following the stoppage where both McCollum and Len were assessed technical fouls. Minutes later they pushed their lead to 25 and the game was all but over.

“We need that, we need that,” Richaun Holmes said. “Alex has brought a lot of attitude and toughness to this team. We talk about making this playoff push and it’s the little things, we need that. He’s not going to back out from anybody and it was good to see.”

McCollum didn’t see the incident in the same way the Kings did, although he was clear that frustrations were high with the Blazers.

“The game wasn’t going well for us ... a lot of things,” McCollum said. “I felt he could have moved, he didn’t need to stand there and keep screening me. It is what it is.”

"I didn’t like how he screened and how he put his hands on me -- I just didn’t like,” McCollum said.

No punches were thrown, but by NBA standards, it was shocking that no one was tossed from the game. Len certainly was ready to get physical and take the skirmish to another level and according to McCollum, he was as well.

“They ain’t let me swing, at least let me swing first if you’re going to throw me out,” McCollum said. “Let me work on my stuff. I work all summer on my hands, at least let me use them.”

“If they didn’t grab me, you know, you would have been able to see something,” McCollom added.

For the record, Len outweighs McCollum by over 50 pounds and has a minimum of nine inches in height. Len also boasts a 7-foot-3.5-inch wingspan to McCollum’s 6-foot-6.5-inch. The Kings’ reserve center has a clear height, weight and reach advantage, but you never know.

Len didn’t stick around to make a comment following the win. We’ll have to wait until Sunday or Monday to see if the league has more to say on the matter. 

This was the first Kings win in Portland since Dec. 8, 2012, a span of 12 games. They now have an 18-88 record on the road against the Trail Blazers since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season. 

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It's only one game, but the Kings are showing that they aren't going to back down from anyone. Len is a part of that identity, no matter how much he plays moving forward. After a solid road win, the Kings will be tested again on Sunday on the second night of a back-to-back when the Toronto Raptors swing by Golden 1 Center.

With 19 games remaining, the Kings have a shot to snap their 13-year postseason drought, but they'll need a lot more nights like the one against the Blazers on Saturday.