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Warriors GM Riley: Ellis not likely to be traded

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Monta Ellis’ name has been in trade rumors for the past several weeks, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said that Warrior fans shouldn’t expect an Ellis deal to happen anytime soon:

Riley reiterated that he’s not shopping Ellis: “It’s very likely that he will not be traded on draft night or even through the summer.”

Riley also said something that may indicate that Ellis will be staying in Golden State because of a lack of demand rather than the Warriors’ lack of desire to move their 25-year old combo guard:

Riley also said the trade calls for Stephen Curry far outweigh those for Ellis: “Nobody is saying,’What will it take to get Monta Ellis?'”

Ellis is an ultra-talented scorer, but he doesn’t have a true position, his defense is suspect at best, he seems to have gotten used to shooting the ball 20 times a night, and he’s owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season. Considering that the Warriors have had two consecutive bad seasons with Ellis as their featured scorer, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that teams aren’t lining up to try and trade for Ellis, despite his ability to put up big scoring numbers.

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.