Rudy Fernandez to the Knicks, not totally dead yet

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Thumbnail image for rfernandez_jumper.jpgRudy Fernandez went out Tuesday night and reminded everyone he can play — 15 points on 5 of 6 from three, plus five rebounds and three assists. Happy or not in Portland, he can contribute.

Word comes out of New York that the Knicks still have some interest in Fernandez, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Two parts to this deal. First, the Knicks need to ask if they really need him, which depends on Wilson Chandler’s recovery. Against Milano on Sunday he played 22 minutes and knocked down 7 of 9 from the floor (1 of 2 from three) on his way to 17 points. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

If he is playing well, the Knicks desire to up the trade offer already rejected by Portland — Isola said the offer was “two future second-round picks in addition to one of the two players the Knicks picked in the second round in June – Andy Rautins or Landry Fields” — goes away.

Frankly, I don’t see Portland getting a better offer, particularly the middle-and-up first-round pick they are rumored to want.

Unless there is an injury and a team gets desperate, Fernandez may well stay in Portland for a while and everyone will have to grin and bear it.

Dwight Howard commits ridiculously sloppy inbound violation (video)

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An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.

Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.

But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.

The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.

DeAndre Jordan dunks on Marcus Smart before Smart knows what’s happening (video)

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Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.

Chris Paul finds brilliant counter to hack-a-DeAndre Jordan (video)

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I originally favored allowing Hack-a-Shaq as the NBA currently does. I found the strategy fascinated – why and when teams would use it and how their opponents would counter.

But it just became too common. Far too many games featured a parade of trips to the line, a boring stretch that made games too long. I thought the intrigue had run its course.

Then, Chris Paul pulled this move last night.

The Clippers guard saw Jonas Jerebko charging toward DeAndre Jordan to commit an intentional foul, so Paul stepped in front of an unsuspecting Jerebko and took the foul himself. That’s sent a good free-throw shooter to the line instead of the dismal Jordan.

Just an awesome heady play by Paul.