What will you do if you are in a slump? Like Ray Allen last year and like Derek Fisher’s postseason slouching shooting percentage…the only way for a shooter to get out of a slump is just to keep on shooting and that’s what Fisher did… he shot only 33.3 percent on the three point area on their Utah series and replicate his outing against Houston and scored a murky 20 percent on their conference finals series against Denver. But with all the low shooting performance and all the rim racking shots and air balls, Fisher delivered the two most important shots in the series giving the Lakers a breathing space and just a win away from clinching their 15th championship trophy. Derek tied the ballgame with 4.6 seconds left in regulation with a long trey against a smaller Jameer Nelson and silence the crowd in overtime with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime. It was a shooting redemption against the 34 year old court general who struggled in offense and against a young and faster counterpart.
Phil Jackson stick to his veteran because he knows when the game is on the line he delivers. Kobe Bryant who scored 32 points peppered with 8 assists made the crucial pass to Fisher in overtime in a no call offensive foul against Nelson it could have gone the other way, a make or break play for the Lakers.
“I have a responsibility to my team that if I’m going to be on the floor, then I have to make a difference,” Fisher said. “None of us can continue to expect that Kobe is going to save us.” Trevor Ariza also made the crucial shots and made some stops when Orlando was threatening to blow up the game from an 8 point deficit from the half. All in all it was a total team effort for the Lakers and with the help of Dwight Howard’s crucial 8 missed free throws. Game 5 will be this Sunday on the same Amway Arena in Orlando with all the resiliency against the Celtics and Cavaliers it all boils down to one game… which would be the end or an extended game to their Cinderella season. The Lakers will be gunning for the last game finale to their championship run where no team has come up down 3games to 1 in the finals.
Derek Fisher who gave up a lucrative contract in Utah in favor for his ailing daughter Tatum to seek medical attention in LA has always been the constant offense for the Lakers all throughout his career. He delivered the unbelievable 0.4 second three against the San Antonio Spurs and now made two crucial long bombs when the game was on the line. Jordan Farmar is slowly getting the minutes and Shannen Brown is a solid backup point guard but when seconds left in the shot clock the Lakers rely on Fisher because when Kobe is crowded and when everything fails it is where he delivers.