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Knicks re-sign Lou Amundson

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The Knicks continue to build a roster of players who were better about a half decade ago.

The latest: Re-signing Lou Amundson.

Knicks release:

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lou Amundson. T

Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:

The Knicks had only the minimum to offer, so that’s surely what Amundson got. Amundson is New York’s 15th player – the regular-season roster limit – with a guaranteed salary, though it wouldn’t be costly to eat a guaranteed rookie minimum deal of Maurice Ndour or Marshall Plumlee and. Ron Baker, J.P. Tokoto and Chasson Randle have partial guarantees.

Amundson provides an abundance of insurance behind big men Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Kyle O’Quinn and Guillermo Hernangomez.

After earning a one-year contract last summer with his play the second half of 2013-14, Amundson sharply declined last season. He didn’t finish well at the rim, could barely convert at all from mid-range and fouled way too much defensively. That came in a small sample of 204 minutes in 29 games, but there’s a reason Amundson played so little. He’ll still hustle, but age 33, that’s becoming less useful.

James, Love carry Cavs to 107-93 victory over Knicks

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NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his third triple-double of the season, Kevin Love added 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 107-93 on Saturday night.

Even with Kyrie Irving resting, the Cavaliers easily bounced back from a loss in Brooklyn on Thursday, shutting the Knicks down in the first half and pulling away when the lead got down to 10 in the fourth quarter.

J.R. Smith finished with 13 points in the Cavs’ sixth straight victory over the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points after a brutal start for the Knicks, who were coming off a home-and-home sweep of Chicago. Kristaps Porzingis had 19.

James recorded his 42nd career triple-double and moved within three points of Dominique Wilkins for 12th place on the NBA’s scoring list.

James made it clear Saturday morning he believes the Cavs have enough to win the title, and they looked it during a dominant first half. They held the Knicks to 15 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second, with James and Love taking turns carrying the offense as Cleveland took a 24-point lead.

Anthony missed 10 of his first 11 shots but turned it around in the second half to help the Knicks surpass the 84.7 points they averaged against Cleveland in the first three meetings. But they couldn’t really get close enough to have a realistic chance of winning.

And making a rally just brought out James’ fiercest, as he picked up a technical foul for taunting when he stared down Lou Amundson after a driving dunk over the Knicks’ forward in the third quarter.

Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points starting in place of Irving and Mo Williams had eight in his first game in about a month after returning from a left knee injury.

Anthony was 1 for 8 in the first quarter as the Cavs opened a 32-15 lead. The Cavs then held the Knicks to five baskets in the second, giving them 12 in 24 minutes, and it was 56-32 at the break.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson tied Jim Chones’ club record by appearing in his 361st consecutive game. … Coach Tyronn Lue said he also wanted to find some rest for Dellavedova, who battled dehydration and cramping during last year’s NBA Finals.

Knicks: Anthony finished 9 for 24 and grabbed nine rebounds. … The Knicks have lost five straight at home to the Cavs.

LIKING LOVE

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis coached Love in Minnesota, working with the forward to shorten his shooting stroke

“It was a lot of fun to work with him, I mean it really was,” Rambis said. “You could see all the potential and where he was and where he could be, and again somebody that could take bigger players away from the basket and knock down shots, and take smaller players inside and post up.”

NO DECISION

After James’ comments in a Bleacher Report story this week saying he hoped he could play with Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade sometime in his career, Anthony said three of them could play together this summer as U.S. Olympic teammates. James still hasn’t decided if he will go for a third straight gold medal. He’s said previously it might be a joint decision with Anthony and Paul – Wade has retired from national team play – but they haven’t had a deep discussion yet.

“We talk about everything,” James said. “But this summer has been brought up a little bit, but as far as decisions, haven’t really been talked about.”

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Houston on Tuesday.

Knicks: Visit New Orleans on Monday.

NBA: 76ers incorrectly denied potential game-winning FTs against Knicks

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In the Knicks win over the 76ers yesterday, Carmelo Anthony hit a clutch 3-pointer to send the game to overtime – once Philadelphia failed to score on the other end.

But the 76ers, if the final moments were called correctly, probably would have scored.

Isaiah Canaan missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Lou Amundson should’ve been called for fouling Nerlens Noel going for the rebound with 1.3 seconds left, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Amundson (NYK) pushes Noel (PHI) into Thomas (NYK) affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound.

The Knicks were in the penalty. So, a correct call would’ve given Noel – a 60% career free-throw shooter – two attempts. If that represented his true odds, he would’ve had an 84% chance of making at least one.

Of course, the Knicks could’ve gotten a final attempt to score themselves.

Instead, they settled for three missed calls in their favor in overtime.

The first missed call in overtime actually favored Philadelphia.

Not only should Jose Calderon not have been called for fouling Canaan, Canaan fouled Calderon first:

Canaan (PHI) hooks Calderon (NYK) on the spin move.

Calderon (NYK) cleanly strips the ball from Canaan (PHI).

The Knicks also got away with an illegal Amundson screen a couple minutes later:

Amundson (NYK) sets the hand-off screen on Canaan (PHI) without giving him room to avoid the contact.

But the Knicks missed the subsequent shot anyway, and Melo committed a foul just after Philadelphia grabbed the rebound. So, the uncalled illegal screen was pretty inconsequential.

But the tide turned against the 76ers from there.

Arron Afflalo drew a shooting foul on Jerami Grant with 1:31 left in the first overtime – an error according to league:

Grant (PHI) maintains legal guarding position as he defends Afflalo’s (NYK) driving shot attempt. Any contact on the play is initiated by Afflalo.

Afflalo made both free throws.

Then, Carmelo should’ve been called for fouling Hollis Thompson on an inbound with 10.2 seconds left:

Anthony (NYK) holds Thompson (PHI) affecting his FOM during the inbounds play.

That would’ve given the 76ers a free throw by their choice of player on the court plus the ball.

The possession still turned out well for Philadelphia, as Robert Covington hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force a second overtime. With a correct foul preceding, that could’ve been a game-winner. Or maybe the possession would’ve unfolded completely differently. Butterfly effect and all.

Finally, in the second overtime, New York guard Langston Galloway made a layup with 3:05 left. But his teammate, Robin Lopez, freed him by committing an uncalled foul on Noel:

Lopez (NYK) grabs Noel’s (PHI) arm affecting his ability to defend

Galloway’s shot put the Knicks up for good.

NBA teams played six overtimes in 10 games yesterday. There were bound to be some missed calls. The 76ers can’t know they would’ve won with correct calls, but they can join the Jazz and Celtics as teams that feel a little mistreated.