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Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings reacts after a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons defeated the Magic 115-89. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Brandon Jennings hears rumors, doesn’t want Pistons to trade him

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Monday night, Brandon Jennings looked like he was his old self. After missing the start of the season recovering from a ruptured Achilles, Jennings scored 17 points, dished six assists, and the Pistons were + 25 points when he was on the court (18 minutes). The Pistons bench has dragged that team down all season, but the past week or so with Jennings running the show the bench has outperformed the starters.

That kind of play plus an expiring contract sparks trade rumors.

The buzz around the league since before the season tipped off is that Jennings would be available once healthy. Jennings told David Mayo of Mlive.com he’s heard the rumors, but he doesn’t want to go anywhere.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t know. I hope so. So we’ll see….

“I can’t really get away from (the rumors) because it’s all on my Twitter feed every time I tweet something,” Jennings said. “But it’s rumors. It’s something that I’m not worried about. I just want to play basketball and I’m just blessed to be healthy again.””Our plan, right now, is that Brandon can help us make a playoff push, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Van Gundy said. “That’s our plan right now. If something happens in the next five weeks, we’ll look at it. But right now, he’s a very good player who can help us, and that’s the only way we’re looking at him.”

“Our plan, right now, is that Brandon can help us make a playoff push, and that’s what we’re going to do,” (Pistons’ coach/GM Stan) Van Gundy said. “That’s our plan right now. If something happens in the next five weeks, we’ll look at it. But right now, he’s a very good player who can help us, and that’s the only way we’re looking at him.”

Jennings makes $8.4 million this season in the final year of his contract. This past summer, Van Gundy gave starting point guard Reggie Jackson a five-year, $80 million to be the man at the point in Detroit. It’s easy to see why the rumors start: With Jennings being a free agent this summer and the Pistons not being able to pay him and Jackson plus max out Andre Drummond, and add some shooting and defense to the roster. It’s logical for the Pistons to consider moving Jennings for whatever they can get.

The Knicks are rumored to have interest, although it’s hard to envision a deal that works. (Arron Afflalo? Can’t see it.) Other teams will have interest as well.

There are going to be a lot of trade rumors around Jennings between now and the February trade deadline. But if he keeps playing like this leading the second unit, if the Pistons are in position to make the playoffs, and if every other team is throwing lowball offers at the Pistons, why wouldn’t Van Gundy just keep him and make a postseason push?

Paul George, Dwyane Wade went back-and-forth in Heat win

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Dwyane Wade and Paul George put on a show last night in Miami.

George finished with 32 points and looked like his dominant self from earlier in the season, but Wade answered with 27 including a high-flying dunk early and the shot that forced overtime late. He got that last one losing George coming around a screen.

The Heat came from 18 down in the third quarter to get the 103-100 overtime win.

Gregg Popovich blasé about coach of month, unless there is a car with it

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Gregg Popovich had the line of the day Monday.

Popovich was the Western Conference Coach of the Month for January — he already had that honor 15 times in his career (which seems a little low, but it’s more than any other NBA coach in history). Popovich was asked about it and was indifferent… unless the NBA wants to throw in a Kia. Fro Jeff McDonald of the Express-News:

I’m with Popovich here, the league should throw in a car. Why not? It would make the race more interesting.

If they gave Popovich a car, would he just trade it for a good case of Bordeaux?

Zach LaVine skies, finishes three-quarter court alley-oop (VIDEO)

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Minnesota is fun to watch. They’re not very good, but they are entertaining.

Zach LaVine is at the top of that entertaining list and he did not disappoint on Monday, finishing a three-quarter court alley-oop pass from Andre Miller. LaVine doesn’t guide it in, he finishes it with authorithy.

The Sixers went on to win the game 109-99, their third win in six games since bringing in Ish Smith to run the point.

Check out Dell, Stephen Curry’s Burger King ads from back in day

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Stephen Curry dropped 30 on the Hornets and led the Warriors to the win Monday, improving Golden State to 32-2 on the season.

How did Curry become the most dominant player in the NBA? Eating fast food growing up, apparently.

During the Comcast Sportsnet broadcast of the Warriors win, they unearthed and showed a couple of vintage Burger King commercials with Curry and his father, former NBA star Dell Curry. Enjoy, these are awesome.