Magic (25-12) vs. Kings (15-21)
Time/TV: 10 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: JJ Redick (9.7 PPG, 42.9% 3FG%) vs. Tyreke Evans (20.7 PPG, 5.0 APG)
-Orlando’s Ryan Anderson and Matt Barnes are returning home tonight when they play in Sacramento.
-Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Vince Carter did not participate in practice Monday and is still listed as day-to-day. Plus JJ Redick would love to be in the 3-point shootout during All Star Weekend.
-Jason Thompson admits he has been in a “funk” lately and his struggles correlate to Sacramento’s struggles lately.
-Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee reports the Kings acquired Hilton Armstrong from the Hornets for a 2016 second round draft pick. In the words of one source, it was a good deal for Sacramento.
-Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reports Spencer Hawes has been benched because of his struggles defensively and because he uses too much finesse around the basket. Hawes, though, is not backing down from the challenge and is trying to regain his starting spot.
-I suggested some reasons why the Magic have been struggling on the road compared to the first two seasons under Stan Van Gundy.
-Jon Nichols of Orlando Pinstriped Post breaks down the numbers and tries to determine who is better: Ryan Anderson or Brandon Bass.
-Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee reports Kevin Martin, who has missed all but five games this season, has been cleared to play. Not tonight though, so don’t worry Magic fans.
-John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes about how Jason “White Chocolate” Williams became “Old Faithful.”