Trans. Dec 17 10:35 ET (Dec 17 10:35 ET ) Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has never been known as a guy who picks his spots. From his first games as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, Jennings has stood out as someone who would not avoid taking a shot just because it wasn't sensible. In fact, he often seems to seek out the most difficult ones. Yet none of that history could have prepared us for a choice Jennings made in the third quarter of Wednesday's game between the Pistons and visiting Dallas Mavericks. With the defense caught ball-watching, Jennings made a very nice cut towards the basket from the weak side. Caron Butler found him with a pass for what seemed like an easy lay-up ... except Jennings decided that wasn't tough enough and dribbled out for a fallaway jumper: The official play-by-play lists this miss as a 20-footer, which seems both factually wrong and spiritually accurate. If a very long two is the least efficient shot a player can take, then a mid-range jumper taken in lieu of a very easy lay-up is definitely a 20-footer. The game as a whole wasn't so great for Jennings either — he finished 5-of-14 for 13 points in Detroit's 117-106 loss. Chandler Parsons paced Dallas with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Caron Butler made 6-of-14 shots to finish Tuesday's home loss with 13 points, seven boards, two assists and two steals.
The Scoop:He played 29 minutes and had the team's best +/- rating at +6, but his performance wasn't enough to snap Detroit's losing skid. Butler has six double-digit scoring games all season and simply isn't worth owning outside of the deepest leagues.
Caron Butler hit 5-of-8 shots (including three treys) for 14 points, four rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes off the bench on Friday.
The Scoop:And he's just as likely to go 2-for-7 with six points in the next one. When you add up all of the peaks and valleys he has late-round value in 9-cat leagues and in 8-cat leagues he's right on the cut-line for 12-team standard formats. Altogether, he's a much better fit for deeper formats.
The NBA fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin $15,000 on Monday for what officials deemed a "lewd gesture" in celebrating a three-point shot. After hitting a long-range shot that gave Minnesota a 102-100 lead with 1:37 to play against Chicago on Saturday, Martin gestured with cupped hands near his crotch while looking toward the bench. It's a gesture that was popularized by former Timberwolves guard Sam Cassell, but NBA officials apparently want to stamp it out. They have fined Marco Belinelli, Andray Blatche, Caron Butler and Jameer Nelson for similar demonstrations over the past two seasons.