PHOENIX — Jameer Nelson would be the first person to tell you that he needs to set an example to younger players as the Orlando Magic's starting point guard and as one of the team's co-captains.
That's why he brought it up after his team lost to the Sacramento Kings 91-82 Friday night.
Nelson felt that he allowed the referees' calls and non-calls to bother him too much.
"I just felt like myself in particular let some calls get to me and it got to me more than normal," he said. "I don't know why. It's kind of a trickle-down effect, and then everybody else started [complaining]."
Glen Davis, Orlando's other co-captain, complained about some non-calls during the first quarter. He fouled out with 38.4 seconds to go.
In recent days, both Nelson and Davis have attempted to lend vocal support to some of the teams' younger players, especially 22-year-old Nik Vucevic, during the inevitable ups and downs young players have.
No Magic player or coach has received a technical foul for complaining to referees so far this season.
Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson turned 23 years old on Saturday.
Nicholson enjoyed one of the most productive games of his brief pro career in the loss to the Kings. In 22-plus minutes, he scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and collected five rebounds.
"Thank u all for the kind wishes!" he wrote on Twitter. "Glad to see another healthy year!!"
• The Magic didn't practice on Saturday. Players had the day off.
• Coach Jacque Vaughn wanted his players to do a better job of corralling loose basketballs Friday. "Whether it's a small lineup or a big lineup, that stuff doesn't matter," he said. "If the ball is a 50-50 ball, it needs to go our way."
• The Magic will face the Phoenix Suns tonight, and it'll be the teams' second, and final, meeting this season. Orlando beat Phoenix 115-94 on Nov. 4 at Amway Center. In that game, the Magic outscored the Suns 40-20 in the third quarter as the Magic made 16 of their 24 shot attempts in the period.
• Davis said a victory over the Suns would give the Magic a boost after Friday night's disappointing fourth quarter against the Kings. "We've got to finish," he said. "That just shows us as a team how we're going to grow. If we want to become an elite team and if we want to make a push for the playoffs, then we've got to finish road games like this."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times