Kings (15-26) vs. Magic (27-15)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./Sun Sports
Key Matchup: Tyreke Evans (18 points, 5-16 FG vs. Magic) vs. Jameer Nelson (10.6 PPG, 46% FG% last five games)
Previous Games: W 109-88 at Sacramento on Jan. 12
-Dwight Howard was voted to start in the NBA All Star Game for the third consecutive season.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Jameer Nelson sat out practice yesterday after his knee swelled following Wednesday’s game. He is expected to play tonight.
-Everyone knows Orlando loves to shoot the 3-pointer, and that is not going to stop. Stan Van Gundy says shooting is about confidence and he is not going to tell everyone to stop.
-Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes about California native Ryan Anderson and how Stan Van Gundy believes he is a better player than Anderson thinks he is.
-Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee wants everyone to stop blaming Kevin Martin for the team’s recent struggles. He points out the Kings were already losing and there are plenty of other players to blame for the current problems.
-Jason Williams is having a personal renaissance in Orlando, writes Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee.
-Eddy Rivera of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes that Dwight Howard is deserving of his starting spot on the all star team and that no other player in a Magic uniform has played up to that All Star level.
-Zach Harper of Cowbell Kingdom reviews the Kings’ season at the halfway point.
-Rumors are swirling around the Kings involving trade scenarios with Kevin Martin as the team has gone 0-4 since his return. Apparently though, Sacramento has declined an offer for Martin from Dallas that would involve Josh Howard according to A Royal Pain. This stems from Marc Stein’s report that the Dallas Mavericks were interested in the young shooting guard.
-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post examines Vince Carter’s shooting woes.
-Mike Bianchi is sad that Dwight Howard will not return to the slam dunk contest this year.
-Dana Summers of The Orlando Sentinel draws Vince Carter laying down some bricks.
-Nick Miller of the (Sacramento) News Review relates the story of how the older Pete Carill, the coach who refined the Princeton Offense, is working with the young guns in Sacramento.