PORTLAND, Ore. — Carmelo Anthony basically shrugged at the NBA’s admission that the referees missed a foul committed by the Kings’ Rajon Rondo on Anthony’s missed three-point attempt on the final play of the Knicks’ two-point loss in Sacramento on Thursday night. Derek Fisher did the same, but he added that it shouldn’t have come to that.
“I think it’s too much focus on the last plays of the game anyway,” Fisher said. “If a guy gets fouled in the first quarter, it’s just as important. That happens in the game that officials are going to miss calls. That’s how the game goes.
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“The idea is for us to play the type of game where we’re not doing things that put us in position where we’re hoping everything goes right on the last play. That’s what we’re trying to develop as a team.”
On the fateful play, Anthony’s left arm was grabbed by Rondo before he went up to shoot a three-pointer that was wide.
“It’s over,” Anthony said. “There’s nothing that can be done at this point. So there’s no need to even continue talking about it. They owned up to their mistake. I’ll move on.”
Robin returns to Portland
Robin Lopez was back in Portland, where he spent four seasons before signing with the Knicks in July. His numbers (6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds) are down from his Portland years (10.5 points and 7.8 boards).
Lopez said he’s still adjusting to the triangle offense, but Fisher said his teammates are making it harder on him. “He’s doing the job that he’s being asked to do,” he said. “I think it’s the other four guys that are sometimes putting Robin in tough spots where he’s given the basketball but [they’re] not cutting hard to get open after they give it to him. They’re not doing the right things after he receives the ball so he has the right opportunities to make the right play.”