Dan Feldman

Andre Drummond hits 3-pointer from inside Pistons’ own 3-point arc (video)

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Andre Drummond is really good at these deep heaves.

His 3-point percentage (44%) is even better than his free-throw percentage (38%) the last two years, though that says too much about his work from the line.

Drummond wasn’t the only Pistons player converting to end quarters. Ish Smith and Tobias Harris also stepped up in the Pistons’ 102-97 win over the Lakers:

NBA: Suns got away with offensive foul before key points in win over Spurs

Phoenix Suns Devin Booker acknowledges a foul as San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker lies crumpled on the floor, in the second half of their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Devin Booker scored 39 points in the Suns’ 108-105 win over the Spurs on Saturday in Mexico City.

But Booker’s last four – which put Phoenix up for good – came directly after incorrect calls, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

First, Booker drew a (legitimate) foul on Pau Gasol with 1:08 left and made both free throws. The problem: One second before that, Suns center Tyson Chandler should have been called for offensively fouling Tony Parker, according to the league:

Chandler (PHX) sets the screen on Parker (SAS) and makes leg to leg contact that affects his ability to defend the play.

That would’ve ended Phoenix’s possession rather than allowing Booker to get to the line.

The other missed call in the two-minute report is trickier, because it directly benefitted the Spurs but indirectly benefitted the Suns.

Manu Ginobili got away with travelling with 59.1 seconds left, according to  the league:

Ginobili (SAS) moves his pivot foot.

But he coughed up the ball moments later anyway, and – thrilled to gain possession with a live-ball turnover rather than a dead-ball turnover – Booker turned the miscue into a fastbreak dunk.

Rather than debate how to evaluate San Antonio getting away with a travel and it ultimately helping Phoenix more, let’s stick to just the uncalled Chandler offensive foul. That netted the Suns two points. Their lead when the Spurs began intentionally fouling? One.

Brandon Armstrong impersonates Dirk Nowitzki, the good and bad (video)

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Every Brandon Armstrong impersonation has put a smile on my face, this Dirk Nowitzki video no exception.

But the ending actually had me laughing aloud.

Nerlens Noel: ‘At this moment in time, I’m definitely satisfied’ with role on 76ers

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 6: Avery Bradley #0 of the Boston Celtics defends Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at TD Garden on January 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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After complaining and complaining and complaining, Nerlens Noel has finally found a modicum of happiness with the 76ers.

He’s back in the rotation, playing 21 minutes per game in Philadelphia’s last six games. The 76ers have even won four of their last five.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

“At this moment in time, I’m definitely satisfied with where I’m at and the team’s rotation,” Noel said. “I think I’m able to go out there and still affect the game, change the game multiple ways.”

“At this moment in time” sounds like a warning to the 76ers: Noel appreciates them treating him well, but that doesn’t buy them leeway to downgrade his status later without upsetting him.

Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor has fallen from the rotation. Though he’s saying the right things, he has acknowledge he’s not happy to be sitting.

This is an untenable situation.

The probable solution is a trade, which I’d guess Noel would still welcome. And by buying into the team’s plan, he might even draw more suitors after some teams were concerned about his attitude.

Report: Magic interested in trading for Heat’s Goran Dragic

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 26: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives on Elfrid Payton #4 of  the Orlando Magic on opening night on October 26, 2016 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Manuela Davies/Getty Images)
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The Heat reportedly might trade Goran Dragic. The Magic reportedly want to trade for a scorer.

Let’s combine trade rumors.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Teams will express interest in Dragic ahead of the trade deadline — a bunch, including the Magic, already did, per league sources — but Miami can hold out for a hefty return.

If the Heat are tanking, they have little use for Dragic, who’s on the wrong side of 30. Better to deal him now to a team that will get value from him while he’s still productive. It’s far from guaranteed he’ll still be helpful once Miami is ready to win again.

But why does Orlando want anything to do with him?

The Magic have fared better when starting offensive-minded D.J. Augustin and bringing Elfrid Payton off the bench. Dragic would be a talent upgrade in the Augustin role and fit well in the short term.

But Orlando is 16-24, 12th in the East and four games out of postseason position. The playoffs are a pipedream, and the Magic should focus on building for the future.

Trading for Dragic would reek of another desperate attempt to accelerate their rebuild, perhaps a last-ditch chance for general manager Rob Hennigan to save his job.

Hennigan’s history of making such moves gives reason to believe he’d actually deal for Dragic. But it also creates cover for Miami to leak Orlando interest (even if it’s not real) and drive up the asking price for Dragic. So, I’m a little skeptical about this report. But Magic fans should have trepidation, just in case.