Thunderfest At All-Star Weekend
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be well represented at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in fact it's going to look like some sort of Thunderfest with all the players, coaches and staffers who'll be there.
Of course Kevin Durant will be there, he got the most votes of any other Western Conference player so he's in the starting lineup and we've known that Thunder head coach Scott Brooks and his coaching staff would be there too since the Thunder had the best record in the Western Conference when the deadline to pick coaches hit on Sunday.
Rookie center Steven Adams will be there too playing in the Rising Stars Challenge, the game that features the best of NBA rookies and second year players.
Now the NBA has announced that point guard Reggie Jackson will also be in New Orleans to participate in the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night. And Durant will also be involved in the Saturday festivities playing in the Shooting Stars Challenge.
Tulsa Shock star Skyler Diggins joins KD and Karl "The Mailman" Malone on one of the teams. The Shooting Stars Challenge is usually a pretty fun deal because it features teams that include a current NBA star, a WNBA star and an NBA legend going up against each other.
So you will be seeing a lot of Thunder Blue when you tune into All-Star Weekend festivities.
Thunder at Magic Tonight
The Thunder escaped the snow and cold of Oklahoma City yesterday when they flew to Orlando, Florida, where the high today is supposed to be a balmy 70 degrees. They'll play the Magic tonight at 6 o'clock Oklahoma time.
Orlando has the second worst record in the NBA, just 14 wins, but the Magic have been luke warm lately winning three straight games at home. They haven't won four straight on their home floor since March of 2012.
But remember this Orlando bunch has some talented players, they almost made it all the way from a 16-point deficit against the Thunder earlier this season at The Peake. OKC had to hold on for dear life to secure that win and that was with Russell Westbrook.
The Magic have one of the better shooting guards in the league in Arron Afflalo, a guy who is playing at an All-Star level averaging almost 20 points a game. In fact all five of the Magic starters are averaging double figures in scoring.
Their problems have been mostly on defense where they've struggled at times.
So don't go to sleep on this one and hopefully the Thunder won't either.