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Thursday Quickies: Cauley-Stein Throwdown Edition

Willie Cauley-Stein makes the highlight reel, Kentucky basketball is in a slump and more in today's headlines!

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Willie Cauley-Stein may not be the most versatile big man in the NBA, but one thing that he's always been able to do is dunk. We saw it in his time at Kentucky, and we've seen it in the NBA. Last night, he showed that he's capable of throwing it down, even if there's someone under him.

Yup, he really did that. How? I don't know. But he did.

Cauley-Stein finished the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' 108-92 victory over the Boston Celtics. He has now posted double-digit scoring numbers in three of his last five games.

Tweet of the day

Good to see the former 'Cats getting along. Three former Wildcats played in this game; it would have been four if DeMarcus Cousins wasn't suspended for the game.

Your quickies

Kentucky Travels Thursday to Face Georgia in Athens | UK Wildcats News
Fresh off getting back in the win column last Sunday against Vanderbilt, UK women’s basketball looks to continue its winning ways Thursday at 7 p.m. ET as it travels to face Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum.

'Mild and meek' Taylor Murray has become filter-less leader for Kentucky women | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky point guard Murray has embraced role as vocal leader with her own style of coaching.

How bad is Kentucky’s slump? Check the numbers | Kentucky Sports Radio
There's no denying that over the past two weeks, Kentucky has regressed. It's worse than you thought.

On podcast, Lakers' Randle reflects on his time as Kentucky Wildcat | Lexington Herald-Leader
Los Angeles Lakers forward — and former Kentucky Wildcats star — Julius Randle joined The Vertical podcast this week to talk about a variety of topics, including his one season as a UK basketball player three years ago. Randle’s Cats, like this current UK team, struggled to find their way amid huge expectations. That group ended up going to the national championship game.

WATCH || Highlights of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - 247
Watch highlights of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander via Courtside Films.

Post-signing day SEC position rankings: wide receivers/tight ends - ESPN
A look at the SEC's pass-catching groups heading into spring practice, which UK doesn't fare too well in.

Is this Kentucky basketball team good enough to win a title? | Lexington Herald-Leader
From what we’ve seen, is this Kentucky basketball team capable of cutting down nets in March? John Calipari’s club has dropped from No. 1 in the polls to No. 15. And it has plenty of holes to fill. However, in that, it’s not alone.

Fox, Monk on Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 List | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky freshman guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are among the 20 players on the John R. Wooden Award Late Season List.

Alex Poythress takes flight in D-League game - 247
Watch former Wildcat Alex Poythress take flight in an NBA D-League game Tuesday night.

Former Knick Charles Oakley arrested after being escorted from Madison Square Garden - ESPN
Former Knicks great Charles Oakley was escorted out of Madison Square Garden by security and arrested after a skirmish in the stands near team owner James Dolan on Wednesday night.

Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana; too much heat on Kyle Shanahan -
Think Tom Brady's legacy is eclipsed by Joe Montana's Super Bowl perfection? Stop it. Just stop. Chris Wesseling puts that nonsense to rest, then explains why folks should ease up on Kyle Shanahan.

NBA player Shelvin Mack honored to have his jersey retired by Bryan Station | Lexington Herald-Leader
Bryan Station retired Shelvin Mack’s jersey during a halftime ceremony as the Defenders hosted Lafayette. Mack, the only current NBA player who hails from Lexington, called it "really cool" to get to receive the honor.

MLB plans to test new extra-innings rule in rookie ball - Yahoo Sports
The new rule would place a runner on second base at the start of every half inning if extra innings were reached. It's an interesting idea, to say the least. Would it speed up the game? Sure, but is it really a good idea?

NBA, Take-Two Interactive Software partnering on NBA 2K E-Sports league - ESPN
E-Sports and regular sports are continuing to mix. This E-Sports league would be made by the makers of the currently popular NBA 2K video games. The league would feature 30 teams, each owned by an actual NBA franchise.

Whiteside has big night, Heat win 12th straight - FOX Sports
Don't look now, but the team that Dwyane Wade left behind is currently on a 12-game win streak. Hassan Whiteside recorded a double-double to help lead the Miami Heat past the Milwaukee Bucks.

6-year-old breaks into dance when it's declared that his chemo is over - FOX News
This will warm your heart. Six-year-old Jimmy Spagnolo is as happy as can be that his chemo treatment has come to an end.