Saturday, December 10, 2011

Revisiting Fishers performance in Game 3 of 2010 NBA Finals

Lets revisit, in my opinion Derek Fisher's best Laker performance, Game 3 of the 2010 NBA Finals. With all of this talk about the Lakers weakest link being at the 1 and the possibility of grabbing CP3, I wanted to remind Laker fans that Derek may be aging and he may be described as the anchor slowing this team down but he played a very important role in helping us get our last championship banner.

Remember when Pierce taunted fans by saying Boston wasn't coming back to L.A. in the closing seconds of game 2?

Remember how angry his words made Laker fans?

The following day at practice, when asked about Pierce's comments, Derek answered with a blank stare and absolutely no words. We knew at that exact moment that Derek was going to mean serious business two nights later...and he did. In game 3, Fisher was clutch, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the 4th quarter, securing a Game 3 victory. Lakers of course went on to beat Boston in seven games to bring home back-to-back Larry O'Briens.

Fisher is as clutch as they come. He deserves more respect than what he's getting right now. If and when he chooses to retire, his heart and work ethic won't allow him to retire on a sour note. He will leave as a Laker when he feels is right. We need him more than fans think. His leadership and basketball IQ is vital for the younger players. His work ethic alone should serve as example. When was the last time Fisher missed a game? He has played in all 82 games in the last 6 seasons. This equals to 492 regular season games without calling in sick. I haven't even mentioned postseason games. In a league where players don't suit up because of a hangnail, this speaks volumes.

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