Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  17 responses

Derek Fisher on Game-Winner: ‘It’s What I Do’

Everyone was understandably shocked last night when Derek Fisher iced the game — everyone but Derek Fisher. This is old hat for him. Per the OC Register: “Derek Fisher came into Monday’s game against Dallas with some of his worst shooting in recent memory. He was averaging a career-low 33.8 percent from the field and surprising 20 percent from beyond the 3-point line. But when he got the ball late in the game, the veteran Lakers guard produced a game-winning 3-pointer reminiscent of those big shots he has made many times in his career and turned back the clock just a little. ‘It’s what I do,’ Fisher said, an huge ice bag on his left knee. ‘When opportunities like that present themselves, you know, I’m confident in my abilities to just step up and make the right play, whether it’s making the shot or making the read that creates something for someone else. My experience in having played for this team for so many years, I’ve been in so many big games, I feel I have a responsibility to the team, to not be afraid to step up and make big plays.’”

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  • Heals

    (Eye roll), yeah when you’re not getting blown by on D…

  • T-Ray


  • BlackStar

    @ Heals – Lol … I feel you, but let the old man feel good for a hot second. LA (Lakers) ALL DAY!

  • Kobester

    LOL at Heals, but hats off to DFish, still doing it at the age of 45….

  • Pais

    Well, it’s at least part of what you do. Unfortunately the other part largely consists of making last second heroics necessary.

  • roman

    @Heals- hatin already. Let the ol guy have his time. 5 time champ!!!!!!!

  • Waggle


  • typical

    Morris is not > Fisher…… Morris plays scared

  • tomtom

    Why are people big on morris? He overdribbles plays no better D than fish and can’t shoot. More to the point, mock fish all you want but he has 5 rings and has made significant contributions to at least 4 of them.

  • Yesse

    Fisher is always clutch. Even though he is old, slow and grumpy, but when there is 1 minute left in the game he goes super sayan.

  • Heals

    Mos def guys, I’m just still grumpy from when he took over final few mins of a 4th quarter v Bos in the finals to clinch a W (was it gm3 or 4 I think). I just imagined him saying that next to Kob and Mamba being like “what!?!”…

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    The headline is 100% true. Fish has been doing this longer than some commenters here have been watching ball.

  • J.C.

    Morris had a terrible game. He played like a deer in the headlights, so afraid of making a mistake on the big stage that he over-dribbled and missed opportunities to attack because of indecisiveness. There was a stretch when Kobe and Pau were on the bench so there was no go-to scorer he could just hand it off to and dude looked genuinely terrified, like he had no idea what he was going to do with it. I know he’s just a rookie but this is the opportunity of a lifetime for him – with Blake injured he’s the backup point on a contender. He just needs to be more assertive and make the most of it.
    Oh, and D-Fish still has it. He sunk a jumper and got that steal which were instrumental in the run that reclaimed the lead, then absolutely iced the game-winner. Good to see Kobe recognise he was having a horrible game and stop trying to be the hero. I was so ready for him to take that shot rather than defer.

  • robb

    Such an ugly game, but Fisher’s clutch no doubt. I’m glad Kobe made the right decision this time.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Marcelus Wallace

    When you’re a Laker there will always be a ton of big games and big shot situations. The Lakers… where the NBA Finals happen!

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Fish is pretty clutch, he has hit some big shots over the years.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I wonder if Kobe has invited Fish to his house yet…