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Derek Fisher proves his worth once again in 91-84 Game 3 victory over Boston Celtics

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The Lakers gathered together as the Celtics narrowed the gap, prompting concerns among team members whether they could sustain their momentum. They had led for most of the game after going on a first-quarter run. But with the Lakers' fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2 of the NBA Finals fresh on their minds, the worried looks were understandable.

The beginning of the fourth quarter served as the perfect moment for Lakers guard Derek Fisher to speak up, reminding his teammates to keep their heads up considering they still had a six-point lead.

"He said, 'If before the game started you knew they would put us in the fourth with the lead, would any of us be mad?'" Lakers forward Luke Walton recalled Fisher saying. "The answer [to] that is no. You have a lead and a chance to get home court, you take that. People were kind of down and were worried a little bit."

That started with Fisher, whose 11 fourth-quarter points on five of seven shooting secured a 91-84 Game 3 victory Tuesday at TD Garden, gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead and allowed them to retake home-court advantage. "I love helping my team win," Fisher said during an emotional postgame television interview. His performance added another chapter to his playoff legacy. It's the reason why the Lakers need to re-sign him this off-season as nearly everyone agreed that Fisher's effort won the game.

Boston Coach Doc Rivers said Fisher "pretty much won the game." Celtics guard Rajon Rondo called Fisher "the difference in the game" and described him as a "gutty, gritty player."  And Lakers guard Kobe Bryant described Fisher as the "heart and soul of this team."

Sure, there were other elements to the victory.

The Lakers closed out the first quarter with a 26-17 lead, thanks to a 21-5 run that featured aggressive drives to the basket, timely passing and precision defense, as well as stabilizing contributions from Walton and Lamar Odom (12 points) as Ron Artest got in early foul trouble and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson closely monitored Andrew Bynum's right knee injury even more because of the quick turnaround between Games 2 and 3 as well as the long flight to Boston. And the Lakers, led by Fisher, held Ray Allen to zero of 13 shooting, one game after he broke the NBA Finals record in three-pointers.

The Lakers also made some key late-game plays such as Artest's deflection, Odom's driving layup, Pau Gasol's seven-foot turnaround bank shot and Bryant's 15-footer. But in reality those efforts would have been wasted if not for Fisher. They would be dissecting why their offense remained stagnant and lacked the necessary ball and player movement. Many would have taken a closer look at Bryant's shot selection, whose 29 points on 10 of 29 shooting featured ill-advised shots as well as necessary shots to keep the Lakers in the game. Nonetheless, Jackson said afterward that "he's got to get better productivity out of it." And we would've been scrutinizing why the Lakers didn't give Gasol and Bynum more than 20 attempts, a clip that locked them to 20 combined points.

Instead, the Lakers' Game 3 win illustrated how much the Lakers trust Fisher. Odom argues Fisher's picture would be under the word "clutch" in the dictionary. Artest often credits Fisher for "taking him to school," adding that his lessons helped Artest learn to temper his shot selection, which stayed at four attempts in Game 3. Walton describes Fisher as "unbelievable" and the "best guy in the world." And Bryant paid the biggest compliment of all.

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"He's the guy that pulls everybody together and is always giving positive reinforcement," Bryant said of Fisher. "I'm the opposite. We play off each other extremely well.... He's really the only one I listen to. Everybody else is a bunch of young kids."

Fisher simply chalked up the strategy to Fisher and Bryant playing off each other by making the Boston defense become overly fixated on Bryant, who often set screens for Fish. Jackson credited Fisher's scoring to what he calls the "direct line principle," where if no one is confronting a man with a ball, that player should keep driving to the basket. But clearly Fisher saved Bryant from himself, who wanted to bail out an ineffective offense but further exacerbated problems with his one-of-six fourth-quarter clip.

Said Fisher: "Even when things maybe aren't going the way I'd like them to go for reasons I can control and some I can't, I still pretty much keep my mouth shut and just keep doing my job and remain faithful that things will come around when they need to."

That time came in Game 3 with two consecutive jumpers, giving the Lakers a 76-70 lead with 5:15 remaining. With Gasol acknowledging the team needed to find a way to "grind out a win," Fisher exemplified that effort when an off-balance running bank shot gave the Lakers a 78-73 advantage with 4:43 left in the game. And for those wondering what served as the turning point of the game, look no further than Fisher's coast-to-coast layup past Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. After crashing into the padding underneath the basket because of Garnett's foul, Gasol immediately picked up Fisher and embraced him, with the rest of the Lakers following suit. Moments before his three-point play gave the Lakers an 87-80 lead with 48.3 seconds remaining, Fisher wore a resolved and determined look. But inside, emotions ran high.

"To see Pau's reaction and my teammates' reactions, that's why those moments feel so good to me," Fisher said. "Hitting the floor didn't feel that good to be honest, but Pau's reaction and Lamar and Kobe and what the guys were saying to me, that's why those things feel so good."

But it also brought to life Fisher's latest teachings to the team. After the Game 2 loss, Fisher read an undisclosed book about running a corporation and how the company's success hinges on trust. He used that as a lesson for the team to trust one another, to trust the triangle offense, to trust the coaching staff and to trust that a teammate can pick another one back up. And with little else working for the Lakers down the stretch, Fisher showed why the Lakers can trust him. After all, the Lakers wouldn't have written on the white board "2 more wins" had it not been for Fisher's heroics.

"He follows them himself," Lakers guard Shannon Brown said of Fisher's teachings. "He plays for a reason. He's trying to get No. 5."

--Mark Medina in Boston

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Photo: Lakers guard Derek Fisher, left, collides with Boston forward Glen Davis as he attempts a fourth-quarter shot during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, is called for a foul as he charges past Boston guard Ray Allen during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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DFISH – WARRIOR/SCHOLAR
Laker fans we won & got our wish, But how many thought the hero would be the one & only Dfish
There are some who did who are Dfish Fans, But when arrows were shot who stood & took a stand
I know PEACE did, that’s for sure, On this LakerBlog, there were probably lots, lots more
LakerTom not only gave him his vote, He even suggested he could be the Lakers next great coach
Well I won’t point and say Told You So, To those who demanded that Derrick Fisher should go
Every one agrees Fish is a gentleman with classs, But on the court Fish can also whip some @zzz
His basketball IQ is second to none, That’s why the Final plays Phil, lets Kobe & DFish Run
We got Ron Ron for the Playoffs grind, Who ever thought Ron Ron & Fish were 2 of a kind
Both are warriors who will fight till they die, Wonder why we kept Dfish? Now you know why!
It’s easy to lokk good when the games not on the line, But Fish just won’ts to win or DIE TRYIN
Kobe is the star that blazes hot, But without also having Fish we wouldn’t have got as far as we got
So Derrick Fisher Keep doing what you do, You are a LAKER FOR LIFE, that’s who the HELL R U

Mamba-

Thanks for having my back. I trust that after a couple of years you and Laker fan know my style!!!

YEAHHHHH....WE ARE COMING BACK TO LA!!!!!!

Mamba-Thanks for having my back. I trust that after a couple of years you and Laker fan know my style!!! Posted by: 131-92 | June 09, 2010 at 07:56 AM
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But of course sir. And I do owe you one for when I had that "LiL" trouble a while back. Lol! Folks that know basketball know you're good people 131. It's just that you happen to be a fan of our most heated Rival! But it's all good sir. May the Best team win Thursday with no referee interference on either end determining the outcome.
Mamba24

the most important win of the season so far and fish's play on both ends of the court is the largest contributing factor to last night's victory.....his defense on ray allen was superb and his courage in the fourth quarter showed true leadership.....never underestimate the heart of a champion!!........2 mo' fellas....

YEAHHHHH....WE ARE COMING BACK TO LA!!!!!! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 09, 2010 at 08:02 AM
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LMAO! But Red you can't desert your Captain! Lol!
Mamba24

I am a harsh critic of Fisher but I have to give him all the credit he deserves. He WON game 3 for the Lakers. It was not Odom who hardly ever shows up to play. Not Artest who has done nothing since game 1. Not Gasol with all the bad passes and missed free throws. And certainly not Kobe who seems to take too many bad shots. Fisher tore down the Celtics defense and won this game 3 with his shooting. Thanks Derek.

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WELCOME TO BEAN TOWN!!! KOBE BEAN TOWN!!!! @ LongTimeLakerFan
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.
(03) . PEACE – CO/OWNER - D-LAKER. As I told mamba24 a month ago, I'm on the Ride or Die with Fisher bandwagon. He was the difference in the game. He's not D-Fish. He's D-LAKER. Let's see what happens now. Gordon Gecko wouldn't lie to you Lakers, when it comes to knocking out the C's, greed is good. Take Game 4 Thursday
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((42) CJ GOLAKERS - Thank You Derek!!! To quote you quoting Phil "Don't chase the moment, play right, and the moment will find you" You stepped into the moment and delivered!! Heart and Soul, my brother, Heart and Soul!! Never under estimate the Heart of a Champion!!!
(43) ART-FL LAKER FANS - Kobe-Fish figuring out those late game plays, said they saw a glitch in the Celtic D, they exploited it, that was masterful.
Experience at work.
(44) CORNERJ - Grittiest, guttiest Laker performance EVER! That DFish 1 on 3 drive at the end will go down in Laker history even greater than his 0.4. When Kobe ran out of gas there at the end (and our triangle started looking like a uni-angle), he began acting as the high screen for Fish. It totally caught Boston off guard. They ran it about 5 times in a row, and it worked almost every time. Who woulda thunk that our perennial nemesis, the high screen and roll, would end up being our secret weapon. Seriously, we need to run it more often because Boston showed they've got a serious problem defending it. Have Fish and Kobe (and occasionally Pau) take turns as the screen. It'll open up the middle and give them more open mid-range jumpers, as well as drives/dishes. Pierce and Perkins are a step too slow to stop it.
(45) xyz - The most important win of the season so far and fish's play on both ends of the court is the largest ontributing factor to last night's victory.....his defense on ray allen was superb and his courage in the fourth quarter showed true leadership.....never underestimate the heart of a champion!!........2 mo' fellas....

Red,

I hope so, all of you, even Garnett, are welcome to attend the Laker Victory Parade.

PS: Watch out, someone is impersonating Celtic fans.

Best headline I've read all day:

Laker Nation Invades Boston (you've got to watch the video)

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/extras/celtics_blog/

Watch Aztec Gino in the 2nd video...LMAO. Those Celtics fans look real smart, don't they?

ECJ,

OMG that was weird seeing Laker fans with east coast accents. I'm getting dizzy.

mamba!!!!!!

You KNOW I should be the owner and driver of Fish's bandwagon. I've been carrying his torch all season, even when things looked very bleak!

Make the adjustment. I'll even consider sharing ownership w/Jon K. As long as I drive.

--FEARless

LOL Mark G. That was hilarious. It is a little weird but we'll take them. We had good support at the game and that's all that matters.

good morning all!!

What a win!!!

Okay... so I was off by one in my prediction yesterday, oh well.

Mamba my brotha... put me on the dfish bandwagon if you please!

LAKERS IN 6!!

In re Derek Fisher:

Here is to being the ONLY guy on God's green Earth that can say to Kobe, "set a screen for me and we win the game."

How absolutely incredible is that?

And Fish gave it away when he said, "[Kobe and I] know that when Kobe sets a screen for me, his man in not necessarily going to be leaving him, opening some opportunities for me to either get a good look, or if the shot is not there for me to hit the open guy and get into our offense and into the interior of their defense through another route."

I don't know about you guys, but that sure sounds like the Lakers have the smartest back court in the whole game to me. That is why we're gonna win it all.

--FEARless

Kobe and Fish have played more playoff games together than any other guard duo in NBA history.
Talk about a winning combo, those guys are leaving quite a legacy.

There's a certain Randy Newman song going through my head this morning, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't include the word Boston in the title...

The Lakers owe it to Fisher to keep him in L.A.. What kind of franchise would it be to let Fish go? Probably a notch or two below ...Clippers. I must admit there were times, during regular season, I screamed at the TV for PJ to pull Fish out for some quicker guard to come in and defend younger and faster opponents. Here we are in the playoffs and Fish has transformed to a completely different gutsy player who came up with big shots after big shots. This is not only this year playoffs, he threw up some great 3-pt dagger in Orlando last year, the famed .04 in San Antonio, ... On top of that, Fish is a well respected human being in the community. How can the Lakers not sign Fish and afford him the opportunity to retire as a Laker?
I know how much Fish loves his team and that is the least the Lakers could do.

I have to say that I absolutely loved Fish's emotion at the end of the game. I think we (fans and the media) get caught up in the "hard" or emotionless demeanor of the players without realizing that they want this just as bad as we do. That emotion comes from the endless hours of practice and running and re-running of plays and defensive schemes (while we sit back and blog and complain about every little detail). They are playing their hearts out and the final victory is only two wins away.

I LOVE MY LAKERS!!! AND I LOVE ME SOME D-FISH!!

Such an emotionally satisfying victory.

Just when Fisher looks totally washed up, like he can't defend even the 20th fastest point guard in the league, he completely steps up in the playoffs, culminating in his personally winning game 3 for us.

I say we keep him as long as he wants to play and leave it up to Phil to play him when we he sees fit.

There have been times where his poor shooting made games close and he had to hit shots for us to win, but I'll take clutch in crunch time over consistent any time.

Fisher appears to be the toughest guy on this team after Kobe and that's saying a lot with Artest on the team as well. Tough obviously is comprised more of mental toughness than anything else.

The win last night really makes me smile.

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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.
(03) FEARLESS – CO/OWNER - You KNOW I should be the owner and driver of Fish's bandwagon. I've been carrying his torch all season, even when things looked very bleak! Make the adjustment. I'll even consider sharing ownership w/Jon K. As long as I drive. Here is to being the ONLY guy on God's green Earth that can say to Kobe, "set a screen for me and we win the game."How absolutely incredible is that? And Fish gave it away when he said, "[Kobe and I] know that when Kobe sets a screen for me, his man in not necessarily going to be leaving him, opening some opportunities for me to either get a good look, or if the shot is not there for me to hit the open guy and get into our offense and into the interior of their defense through another route." I don't know about you guys, but that sure sounds like the Lakers have the smartest back court in the whole game to me. That is why we're gonna win it all.
(04) # 4 - Hey Mamba, put me on that DFISH FOREVER bandwagon! Re-sign this guy, if only for the playoffs!
(05) . PEACE – CO/OWNER - D-LAKER. As I told mamba24 a month ago, I'm on the Ride or Die with Fisher bandwagon. He was the difference in the game. He's not D-Fish. He's D-LAKER. Let's see what happens now. Gordon Gecko wouldn't lie to you Lakers, when it comes to knocking out the C's, greed is good. Take Game 4 Thursday



(47) BEDO - am a harsh critic of Fisher but I have to give him all the credit he deserves. He WON game 3 for the Lakers. It was not Odom who hardly ever shows up to play. Not Artest who has done nothing since game 1. Not Gasol with all the bad passes and missed free throws. And certainly not Kobe who seems to take too many bad shots. Fisher tore down the Celtics defense and won this game 3 with his shooting. Thanks Derek.
(48) BREAKFAST – SAUSAGE - Big thumbs for Artest, Bynum, Fisher, Gasol and Kobe. and also to Brown, Farmar, Mbenga, Morrison, Odom, Powell, Vuja and Walton. and also to the Zen master we have to enjoy this honey moment
(49) KOBEFANINCUPERTINO - It was great to see Fisher and Kobe playing great end-game. 2 more to go!!
(50) RICK FRIEDMAN - All season long I bagged on Derek Fisher and urged him to step aside from his starter's role. I was more focused on his aging body than the amazing Heart of a Champion that lurked inside. Before Tuesday's Game 3, that championship heart started beating louder as the playoffs progressed. But I continued to doubt that Fish could go the distance. When I read Plaschke's column that it was time for the Lakers to declare they would bring Fish back next year, I still had doubts. It was only 2 games into the series. Let's wait til the Finals are over, I thought. But in the 4th quarter, I could no longer justify my resistance. Fish didn't just play well, he took over the game. He took over the Lakers' offense. He saw Kobe's legs give out. He recognized that he was the Hope. He delivered. A championship team has multiple guys who can decide a game. Fish became the Decider, not just for a game ending magic bullet. When the tears welled-up in his post-game interview with Doris Burke, all doubt washed away. Kobe's trust in Fish is obviously about more than friendship. They are champions in tandem.
(51) KEIFO - put me on the dfish bandwagon if you please!

BEDO:

You wrote: I am a harsh critic of Fisher but I have to give him all the credit he deserves.

Response: Because you have no clue as to all the intangible that Dfish brings to the team. A fan like you only sees things at face value and has difficulty grasping the game of BB from a bigger picture Now that DFish is in your good grace, you turn your attention to critiquing Ron and Lamar. Once again your observations are shallow, baseless and fail to see Ron's contributions or Lamers (last night).

0 for 13,

you wrote: Kobe and Fish have played more playoff games together than any other guard duo in NBA history.
Talk about a winning combo, those guys are leaving quite a legacy.

my response: I heard that last night. WOW!

To Everyone else,

Are y'all beginning to feel like we are a *TEAM* ?

We have one of the best players to ever play the game.
On any given day, Pau will show up large.
On any given day, LO will show up large.
We have high basketball IQ's at the pg, sg, & pf positions.
We have high basketball IQ's coming off the bench.
We have multiple people who are willing to sacrifice
their stats for winning a championship.
We have multiple people playing through injuries to
win a championship.
Our defense has become *MUCH* better.

I'm just sayin' ..... [GRIN]

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

So eat it Celtics fans and get off this board. Even one of your own fans said on the tv last night after the game that the Lakers are a great team and you have to give 110% to beat them. Its about respecting your opponent and Pierce and celtics fans have none. Lakers in 6 or 7 so eat and rub in your nose too!

Red's,

I told ya, you are really coming back to LA and I believe Lakers will win one more game, not sure whether it's tomorrow or on Sunday. It is written in the burning bush witnessed by Moses and therefore it will be done.

One poignant sight that gave a lot of meaning when Fisher drove the ball to the basket and three leprechauns were chasing him then came falling down. Fisher made the lay up plus one. It was our old man vs. your two old men and the much publicized sensational baby with a white headband that is good for headaches. lol! I believe that's the turning point of the night.

Look, allow me to definitely end the "good troll, bad troll" mud wrestling.

People, these are the best two defensive teams in the league. By far. They are BOTH playing their guts out. And the refs could call a foul on every single play if they wanted to. This is playground, smash-mouth, winner-takes-all basketball. Hands are grabbing, sweat is pouring, and bodies are flying in all directions.

Here's the deal...and exactly why the Celtics fans are having such a hard time coping with this...in 2008, this was exactly how the Celtics out-toughed the skilled-but-soft Lakers. But in 2010...sorry guys, it ain't workin', and you know it. This Laker team is bigger, tougher, and every bit as ready to duke it out with you as any Laker team ever.

Bottom line: you're not going to punk us this year. Deal with it.

Great game Fish!

Boston still does not have an answer for Bynum.

Bynum playing Perkins all night. 4th quarter, mid-way through, Bynum gets some time on KG. KG having a great game, just like a bench player to play horrible in LA and great at home. KG for a turnaround jumper, BLOCKED by Bynum. Bynum yells something. Anyone have any idea what Bynum yelled after that block? Maybe, "Stop your yapping KG, I can do this alllll night!" Would love to find out what he said. Bynum becoming one of the vocal leaders out there. Loving it!

No answer for Bynum, and if he was at full strength, this wouldn't even be close.

Lakers in 5!!!

COMMON THEME AMONGST LAKERS PLAYERS:

That in the second half they got away from moving the ball and more into isolation plays. Kobe almost cost us the game in the 2nd half by jacking up shots after shots while having his team mates go into suspended animation (gawk).

Kobe needs to rewind the tape and watch the first half and that is the team Celtics can't beat. So thanks to Dfish for coming through.

I will take old, slow Derek Fisher during the regular season but a Champion and a game changer in the post season. I never doubted DFish's place in this Lakers team and nor did the Lakers management, go figure. In my opinion all the intangibles that DFish brings during big games is worth over a player like Lebron James who has failed twice in the post season. Kobe knows what DFish means to him and to the Lakers organization.

Kudos to Luke, Lamar, Pau, Drew, Ron and the bench mob, nice effort and team work


I am more concerned than confident at this point. Fisher's shots were not open looks in rhythm - a beneficiary of Celts over playing Bryant, Gasol - instead Celtics seemed like they had 7 guys playing defense and most the Laker shots were forced or at least contested. No mater where ball goes - it seemed there were 2 guys playing defense. I'm concerned the Lakers have not solved this issue. If Fisher was getting spot up shots and knocking them down - then hey, they are taking what what the defense gives them. But Fisher had to create most of those shots off the dribble and they were at times awkward tough shots. God bless him and his tough, clutch mentality - but is this really the Laker answer - ride Derek Fisher? That's great to get the win, but that is not sustainable. The Lakers did react using Kobe as a screener for Fish - but the looks he got don't leave me confident they have solved the defense. How many 35 foot chucks did they settle for with the clock running out? Why are they using up the shot clock with individuals just dribbling the ball? Really ugly and embarrassing from my view.

I'll give the Lakers credit for role reversal. The history of the Lakers Celtics rivalry is filled with examples of Lakers having better teams/players/games - yet the Celtics finding ways to win. While the media will talk up the history of the game 3 win in the 2-3-2 Finals format and projecting LA to be in the driver's seat - I currently feel it is the Lakers who must make adjustments and are going to need to steal another game in Boston in order to win the series. I haven't seen the triangle successful against this defense when the Celtics turn up the screws. I want to see swift ball movement and Laker cutters getting passes on the move to the basket or 1 on 1 isolations in the post for Odom, Bynum and Gasol. I now project Boston wins game 4 and the winner of game 5 will win the series (unless LA wins game 4 - then LA in 6).

The Lakers did discover that Bynum can shut down Garnett 1 on 1 and that may prove big. The Lakers adjusted their defense to compensate for Allen coming off screens leaving Gasol isolated on Garnet and that didn't work well for LA. I would switch assignments permanently, leaving Bynum on Garnett, Gasol then able to help off Perkins. However, Bynum tweaked his knee again, so we'll see how effective he is in game 4 with 1 day rest. LA may want to sit him out or limit his minutes - which might mean a throw away game, which is of course risky. I don't think LA can beat Boston without at least 25 minutes of lane clogging by Bynum.

It has been a strange and somewhat ugly series - yet still has the makings of a classic. The officiating has played a part and the fact that each of those reviews of film in game 3 resulted in reversal of calls is telling in some small part. I'm sure it is a tough series to officiate. The Celts play a very physical game both on offense with an emphasis on aggressive screens and on defense. The Lakers are very conscious not to fall prey and are bringing their own counter physical presence. I'm with Van Gundy (Celtic lover - what's with that?) that a rule change is necessary and this series is an example. Allen, Bryant and Pierce have been factored out by officials in 3 consecutive games. There is a problem there.

131,

I'm proud of you too. Although it is against your will to post, being a true Celtic fan and a different leprechaun, you came back after a torturous evening. Well, those are the ball games in any rivalry, somebody has to win because of the other shortcomings. It was a clean game and fought valiantly.

Therefore, it is time for us to brag a little, chest thumping, raising our stocks and painting a bright future by our guru, LakerTom. Bynum was a beast last night and finally, he learned how to block without fouling.

Oh and it was great to see the blatant foul that was NOT called on Rondo on the instant replay where the ball went out on Lamar Odom only because Rondo whacked Lamar's arm! On the replay for everyone to see and Celtics still get the ball back WTF??? Im glad that call did not change the outcome of the game because that would have seriously compelled me to stop watching this league.

This Laker team is bigger, tougher, and every bit as ready to duke it out with you as any Laker team ever.

Bottom line: you're not going to punk us this year. Deal with it.

Posted by: CornerJ | June 09, 2010 at 08:50 AM
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YESSSSIIRRRRR!!! Well stated CornerJ!

Edwin Gueco:

Please stop sucking up to Leprechauns, you sound more smiley than the green slime.

Edwin:

A typo I meant you are more slimy than your counter part.

I loves me some Lakers!

Thank you, Derek!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Lakers won the game by defense. The long hands of Drew and the scissor hands of Artest were prevalent from get go. Their offensive contributions were spotty and minimal but their presence in the paint especially Drew was a huge block that Celtic could not penetrate. Good scouting during the Orlando series when Dwight was the lone wolf out there. Not to be forgotten was how Ray Allen was put in a refrigerator, his eggs are coolin', jello jigglin' and could not buy a shot. I thought it was Fisher who prevented those shots but if you look closely at the game, he was bothered by the switching defense, sometimes he is in front of Kobe, then comes Gasol blocking his shot. Psychologically, RA gets affected by the attention given to him. Celtic fans are tearing him up on their blog from hero to zero.

I DON'T SEE LAKERS LOSING TWO GAMES B2B IN BOSTON..

Does that mean Lakers return with 3-2 score?

Once a slime always a slime.

Hmmmmm....

PJ's team's go 47-0 in a series when winning Game 1...

In a 2-3-2 format the team that wins Game 3 after being tied 1-1 has gone on to win series 10 of 10 times....

Let's see, the Lakers have WON Games 1 & 3 in both scenarios...

Yeah, I know that these stats are supposed to be MEANINGLESS, but I know that right now ALL Celtics fans have them in the back of their minds, wether they want to ADMIT it or not...

Oh what it would mean to BEAT the GREEN for our SWEET SIXTEEN!!!!

YEAHHHHH....WE ARE COMING BACK TO LA!!!!!!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 09, 2010 at 08:02 AM
NOOO, MAYBE NOT

MAMBA24, PUT ME IN ALL BANDWAGONS, WE WILL PREVAIL!!!

Ouchhhhhhhhhdirtylady,

¿Dónde te ha escondido mi escaguarriada guarra?. ¡Porque los Lakers ganaron Preocupada? No encuentras ningun dato echar la culpa párrafo al Jugador español Pau Gasol de algun Desastre Mundial, Desastre ecológico, Enfermedad contagiosa, Desastre culinario o Enfermedad de Transmisión sexual.
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Se te nota conrtariada, langaruza Estupida. Como me algro por ti y tu familiar Asquerosa Por contelación

Ouchhhhhhhhhdirtylady,

Where have you hidden my escaguarriada slut? ". Concerned that the lakers won? Not find any evidence to blame the Spanish player Pau Gasol of some global disaster, ecological disaster, infectious disease, disaster or kitchen sexually transmitted disease.
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I can see conrtariada, langaruza stupid. How I algro for you and your disgusting family constellation

Far Side,

Don't worry about 131 and Red's, we never sucked up with leprechauns, it is just even to our fiercest foes there is allowance to be gentle and graceful in victory. After so many battles I have witnessed against the Celtics since the sixties, I guess that is what we learned after the game, win one and lose some c'est la vie.

Try it and you will have a better perspective in managing your passion. You are new in this blog so you are not familiar yet with the characters and its culture.

Far Side,

Don't worry about 131 and Red's, we never sucked up with leprechauns, it is just even to our fiercest foes there is allowance to be gentle and graceful in victory. After so many battles I have witnessed against the Celtics since the sixties, I guess that is what we learned after the game, win one and lose some c'est la vie.

Try it and you will have a better perspective in managing your passion. You are new in this blog so you are not familiar yet with the characters and its culture.

Laker Fan sees smug Celtic fan sitting with his other pals gloatning about Game 2 win.

Laker Fan walks up and taps on glass and asks "Do you like apples?"

Celtic Fan, "What?"

"I said, do you like apples?"

"Um.. Yeah."

Laker Fan slams Game 3 Headline up against the glass and states, "Well we got your number... How do ya like dem apples?"

Yeah, PnG and green just don't mix.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

"But Red you can`t desert your Captain!"--Mamba24@8:03AM

Mamba24, I`m pleased to report that all is well. Nobody is deserting Captain Jack!

So far my co MVP's of the finals, Pau and Bynum (so far).

Heart and soul of the team, could you find a better Man. D Fish we all praise you. It is so special to watach the game with your son and have him see and know what it means to be a real man...

LAKERS BABY!

Far Side,

Don't worry about 131 and Red's, we never sucked up with leprechauns, it is just even to our fiercest foes there is allowance to be gentle and graceful in victory. After so many battles I have witnessed against the Celtics since the sixties, I guess that is what we learned after the game, win one and lose some c'est la vie.

Try it and you will have a better perspective in managing your passion. You are new in this blog so you are not familiar yet with the characters and its culture.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | June 09, 2010 at 09:19 AM

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Pitch Perfect and in terms of prose, the Post of the Day.

Well done.

Far Side, Edwin Gueco has been a Lakers Blog staple. He wouldn't lie to you. Learn from him.

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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.
(03) FEARLESS – CO/OWNER - You KNOW I should be the owner and driver of Fish's bandwagon. I've been carrying his torch all season, even when things looked very bleak! Make the adjustment. I'll even consider sharing ownership w/Jon K. As long as I drive. Here is to being the ONLY guy on God's green Earth that can say to Kobe, "set a screen for me and we win the game."How absolutely incredible is that? And Fish gave it away when he said, "[Kobe and I] know that when Kobe sets a screen for me, his man in not necessarily going to be leaving him, opening some opportunities for me to either get a good look, or if the shot is not there for me to hit the open guy and get into our offense and into the interior of their defense through another route." I don't know about you guys, but that sure sounds like the Lakers have the smartest back court in the whole game to me. That is why we're gonna win it all.
(04) # 4 - Hey Mamba, put me on that DFISH FOREVER bandwagon! Re-sign this guy, if only for the playoffs!
(05) . PEACE – CO/OWNER - D-LAKER. As I told mamba24 a month ago, I'm on the Ride or Die with Fisher bandwagon. He was the difference in the game. He's not D-Fish. He's D-LAKER. Let's see what happens now. Gordon Gecko wouldn't lie to you Lakers, when it comes to knocking out the C's, greed is good. Take Game 4 Thursday


(52) BENJAMIN - Just when Fisher looks totally washed up, like he can't defend even the 20th fastest point guard in the league, he completely steps up in the playoffs, culminating in his personally winning game 3 for us. I say we keep him as long as he wants to play and leave it up to Phil to play him when we he sees fit. There have been times where his poor shooting made games close and he had to hit shots for us to win, but I'll take clutch in crunch time over consistent any time. Fisher appears to be the toughest guy on this team after Kobe and that's saying a lot with Artest on the team as well. Tough obviously is comprised more of mental toughness than anything else. The win last night really makes me smile.
(53) CTRAN - The Lakers owe it to Fisher to keep him in L.A.. What kind of franchise would it be to let Fish go? Probably a notch or two below ...Clippers. I must admit there were times, during regular season, I screamed at the TV for PJ to pull Fish out for some quicker guard to come in and defend younger and faster opponents. Here we are in the playoffs and Fish has transformed to a completely different gutsy player who came up with big shots after big shots. This is not only this year playoffs, he threw up some great 3-pt dagger in Orlando last year, the famed .04 in San Antonio, ... On top of that, Fish is a well respected human being in the community. How can the Lakers not sign Fish and afford him the opportunity to retire as a Laker?
I know how much Fish loves his team and that is the least the Lakers could do.
(54) O FOR 13 - Kobe and Fish have played more playoff games together than any other guard duo in NBA history. Talk about a winning combo, those guys are leaving quite a legacy.
(55) BYNUMDUNKNASTY - Great game Fish!
(56) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Now that's what Champions are all about. Heart and soul and leaving it all out on the floor. I hope we keep Fish, the glue that holds the team together. LOVE OUR LAKERS. 2 "MO" to GO!!!
(57) Nemaia Faletogo - The Lakers need to re-sign Derek Fisher in the off season because he's the consummate professional and a gentleman. He's everything that's right about baskeball. Thanks Fish for being more than a role model.
(58) MAGICPHIL - WE WILL PREVAIL

Magia32,

Nobody mention about Kobe, is he taken for granted? You can ask any basketball aficionado whether Lakers will be in these playoffs if you take away the player name Kobe? Bynum and Pau become better players because of Kobe's presence. he made 29 pts, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 block shots. Tell me if he does not deserve to be MVP of the game.

Thanks for the shoutout, m24!

When you think about Derek Fisher, you can think about his liabilities. He's not as quick or as athletically talented at an increasingly crucial position, PG. He has been toasted by better PGs on any given night for the last 10 years -- Parker, Bibby, Nash, Billups, et al. come to mind.

But he settles the team because he settles Kobe. He's been through the down times of the last 15 years -- the spankings at the hands of Utah, the embarrassment of losing to the Spurs in 2003. The 2008 Finals. And he's been a big shooter on the big stage. Think Spurs 2001. Sactown in 2002. Spurs 2004. And last night. Among too many other moments in between for the Lakers and Jazz.

Any true Lakers fan knows his value on the court When It Matters, tangible and intangible, far outweighs his liabilities. I'll ride or die with him until the day he hangs them up.

"C`est la vie"

Well said, Sen. Gueco!

The 1960`s were a better era...when "Lakers" = "Le Curse"

Over the years, we have taken much heat & controversy over our customary Game Day Prayer. Both Laker fans and trolls alike have mocked us for dare invoking the guidance of God in our zealous cheerleading of our basketball team. They will continue to mock. They will continue to hate. But as they do, let me revisit one particular aspect of yesterday's Game Day Prayer:
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"May You allow Your servant D Fish to hit that shot right when we need it. Through D Fish's game, You prove what we always say about You: You may not come when we want You to...but You're always on time. Remind us of that great truth again through D Fish's play."
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God's answer: 13 4th Quarter Points...including a game sealing 3 point coast to coast end run to the basket!
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NEVER! EVER! EVER! UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!
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Thank You Lord for not only answering our prayer, but for, once again, doing exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think! AMEN!

EDWIN GUECO - Hello ! :)
Doesn't Kobe get enough of effusive praise every time he does well ? I think he usually does and yes, to an extent and given how good he has been for the team, people do tend to take him for granted.
You are right about him playing great defense but 29 points on 29 shots isn't good. He made key buckets but hurt the team on offense overall with some bad tendencies he regresses into from time to time.Of course, some of it was brought on by his teammates being clueless/not stepping up, but he screwed quiet a few possessions.Not his fault alone since some of the shots came very late in the clock but he tends to try and do it all himself when he sees things not happening with getting others involved.Gotta be more patient.PJ mentioned the need for more efficient production from him and that KB understands that.
MVY for this game ?? No. MVP would be Fish. Gotta say one thing though...bum knee or not..he is hustling and playing his heart out on defense !

Amit

@PEACE, My pleasure Big Brother!
Mamba24

BYNUM SAYS HE IS QUESTIONABLE FOR THE NEXT GAME
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Well...that sucks :( ..I hope he is alright..really need him this series.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5266929

Um, Edwin, did you actually watch the game or just look at the box score? Kobe had his worst playoff game in about six weeks last night. Bad shooting and terrible decisionmaking in the 2nd half. Fish took over in the 4th because he HAD to take over. For the first time in a while, Kobe simply couldn't get it done.

So far my co MVP's of the finals, Pau and Bynum (so far).
Posted by: Magia32 | June 09, 2010 at 09:26 AM
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That's a tough call, but after 3 games maybe so.

I would just absolutely love to see Fish put together 2 more games similar to last night, maybe hit a game winner to clinch the series and get a finals MVP.
Icing on his cake and yep, he could eat it too.

Luke made only two shots and contributed a lot in moving the ball. He made 2 points which were crucial because Lakers were behind by so much and Artest got his 2nd foul. Luke was the intermediary player, it is like the reserve in the army while HQ's are still assessing the damages, after quite sometime, Lakers got the lead therefore the reserve guy did a fantastic job. Shannon contributed too but still indecisive where to stand, we saw Kobe telling Shannon to create space and don't pass the ball if he has free look (I just guess on what was said.lol) On Farmar, I don't know why he gets into crowded lane. it is an imitation of Kobe, I think Farmar will be more effective if he will imitate Luke distribution of the ball.

RE: Lakers Management: Is there any way possible to fill those seats next to the Lakers bench at Staples with anyone other than those idiots David Spade, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock etc? I can't stand watching those useless fools attempt to distract the REAL Lakers fans from the game. I don't need to hear that poser Chris Rock trying to talk over Phil Jackson during a time-out. Come on. Throw the bums out. They are not even die-hard Laker fans to begin with. They are using the NBA finals to promote some film I will never see. Who cares?

Staples Center is always full of band-wagon jumpers. Esp. during the finals. Give those seats to some devoted Lakers fans, like me, who have been watching the Lakers since I was ten years old. Back then tickets were $6 bucks. $4 bucks if you were a military veteran like my father. I miss the days when the crowds at the Forum were raucous and loud and loyal. The games at Staples are more of an forum for ABC to promote stupid films starring obsolete "comedy" stooges like Rock, Spade and Sandler. ABC, please keep the cameras where the real action is, on the court. Forget those morons sitting next to the Lakers bench. Seeing them makes me change the channel until they are gone!

GO LAKERS!!!

First thank you Derek Fisher!

Second, thank you Lakers, every single contribution from every single player was needed to win that game last night. Wished Kobe's shot was falling but it wasn't, didn't matter, we still won!

The Boston Celtics are a defensive nightmare but so are we! These are not the Lakers of 2008.

I think Kenny Smith summed it up nicely last night. These games are not going to be pretty or high scoring, they're going to be grind it out affairs, because it's all about the great defense both teams are playing.

Every Laker brought something great to the table last night, timely shots, timely defensive stops, hustle plays, blocks, steals and a never give up attitude.

Go Lakers!!!

God's answer: 13 4th Quarter Points...including a game sealing 3 point coast to coast end run to the basket!
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Thank You Lord for not only answering our prayer, but for, once again, doing exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think! AMEN!

Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | June 09, 2010 at 09:42

AMEN to you! I had extra time on my hands last night so I was able to watch the game on my new big screen. I remembered you wanting the Lakers to win so I did what I could. If there is anything else you need from me in the future please do not hesitate to text. I was finally able to get an iphone and I love it.

@ 131-92 . . .

It was soooo clear that those few postings were NOT you. And though I was certain it was not you, I was so relieved to read you say so!

My brother-in-law is a diehard Celtics fan. He is loyal, thoughtful and knowledgeable. We have had many, MANY exchanges/debates/etc. through the years (since 1983). We share a mutual respect-contempt for one another!

And you, dear 131-92, have a similar place. I respect you. I also love so much beating the team you cheer on!

Our Laker world is just a little bit better when you are here.

Mike

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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.


(59) FANOFTHEMAMBA - First thank you Derek Fisher! Second, thank you Lakers, every single contribution from every single player was needed to win that game last night. Wished Kobe's shot was falling but it wasn't, didn't matter, we still won! The Boston Celtics are a defensive nightmare but so are we! These are not the Lakers of 2008. Every Laker brought something great to the table last night, timely shots, timely defensive stops, hustle plays, blocks, steals and a never give up attitude.
(60) LAKERS RULE(AMIT) - MVY for this game ?? No. MVP would be Fish.
(61) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - May You allow Your servant D Fish to hit that shot right when we need it. Through D Fish's game, You prove what we always say about You: You may not come when we want You to...but You're always on time. Remind us of that great truth again through D Fish's play."

34% of T2 and T3 14%, the statistics of Kobe yesterday, good game? So if, short wings Gasol will not give him the MVP ..
Lo de kobe is to let them look, better be the best player in the league but the guy does not have a hair cut good or bad day, like yesterday, which threw stone after stone rather than pass it on to their Gasol compañeros.los balls to gamble received throughout the game be counted on the fingers.
only a blind can not see that kind of player is kobe .. since he came to the lakers the game is going from hero .. can not read half of the match, he can not pick the throw, he can not lead the rest of the team and for me this void in many facets of the game .. yesterday was a throwback in time to the end of August. kobe Crazy, giving grief and ego will not let him breathe .. attempt a basket to a rim jordan past and finished in stone .. but continues on and launching equipment imports 3 peppers ..

Which streak will end?

Celtics starting 5 has never lost a series...

PJ is 47-0 after winning game 1 of a series...

The 1960`s were a better era...when "Lakers" = "Le Curse" - Red's

~~That was past and it will be sweet if the Celtics will liquefy in the next few days, indeed a sweet redemption. Chick and Wilt will be smiling up there chuckling at Johnny Most who may still be nursing a hoarse voice.

If the Celtics lose this series, we will be witnessing the disintegration of a proud franchise. Doc Rivers will be gone, Thibodieu gone for good, the two Allens may no longer be there. If the inevitable happens, Cousy, Russell, Havlicek, Jones, Nelson would like to be young again and redeem their lost cause, their lost pride while Baylor, West and Kareem will be rejoicing with the new generation of Lakers

All we can do now is wait what would happen next but I know we will get one more game before leaving the Beantown.

Lakers in 5 Suburban...

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All aboard...plenty of seats available...

Now that was a great game last night. Derek Fisher is a true Laker legend. He loves his team and he loves to help his team win. Last night is what Fish is all about, guts. I mean, Fish has huge balls of steel. He has ice in his viens. At the most crucial moments, Fish is a cold blooded killer. The guy is a true winner. It's so sweet to see him do what he does because he cares so much. I care a lot too, so that's a good combination. Derek Fisher is a special man.

In game 4, I want to see the same effort that we saw last night. Derek Fisher stepped it up last night, in the next coming games, we're going to have to see another Laker step it up just like Fisher did. I'd like it to be one of Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, or Ron (the liability on offense)Artest. But any Laker who's ready and willing to step up to the plate during crunch time would be much appreciated. Boston will be focused on Kobe like usual, and they'll adjust to that Kobe/Fish pick and roll. So another Laker is going to have to step up in the 4th qtr to win.

Props to Andrew Bynum for fighting through his knee injury. Bynum was visibly hurting there when Garnett, Wallace, and Perkins turned up the heat in the second half. But Bynum truly made a difference in that game. We would not have won that game without Andrew's efforts against the Boston frontline. Keep it up Beast.

After a great win last night, nothing changes. We still have to win 2 more games. And it's going to take the same kind of effort, intensity, hustle, fight, and yes, a little luck to get it done. We've got to keep fighting, no matter what.

All out-1 game at a time!
We can do this!
Go Lakers!

34% of T2 and T3 14%, the statistics of Kobe yesterday, good game? So if, short wings Gasol will not give him the MVP ..
Lo de kobe is to let them look, better be the best player in the league but the guy does not have a hair cut good or bad day, like yesterday, which threw stone after stone rather than pass it on to their Gasol compañeros.los balls to gamble received throughout the game be counted on the fingers.
only a blind can not see that kind of player is kobe .. since he came to the lakers the game is going from hero .. can not read half of the match, he can not pick the throw, he can not lead the rest of the team and for me this void in many facets of the game .. yesterday was a throwback in time to the end of August. kobe Crazy, giving grief and ego will not let him breathe .. attempt a basket to a rim jordan past and finished in stone .. but continues on and launching equipment imports 3 peppers ..

Posted by: Escarpia | June 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM
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WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: Escarpia | June 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM

I'm sorry, it might be the hangover I have this morning, but I don't understand this gibberish.

Did you watch the tape where Fisher drove to the basket and was practically decapitated by "Big-Baby?" That was as flagrant as a foul as you will ever see. BB deliberately threw his elbow/forearm into the side of Fisher's head. Watch the tape in slow-mo. It should have been two free throws and the ball. As it turns out the Lakers are defeating both the depleted looking "Smell-ticks" and the east coast biased refs. However, thanks to the mad-dog approach of Fisher and Luke having a big first half, the Lakers muscled their way to a win.

Somebody tell the fat-lady: "She's on in 5!"

GO LAKERS!!!!

Escarpia,

Do us all a favor and use this before you post anything else here:

http://www.rosettastone.com/offer/ggfd10?s_kwcid=TC|16819|rosetta%20stone||S||5547544455&gclid=CPPMtZ6_k6ICFUJx5QodTT4zjg

It would be much appreciated.

God, Lakers rule Amit,

Kobe wants to win that is his persona. Those long distance shooting, to us, those are impossible shots and ill advised. To him, it is similar to mid jumpers. If you try to look at the game again, Kobe was everywhere. He wants to pass it to the bigs, the lanes were sealed and heavily guarded while time is expiring. Therefore, he makes those awkward shots.

The best judge on Kobe is PJ. He is not comfortable if Kobe is not on the court, he knows that only Kobe's presence that will distract the concentration of the Celtics. We lose games because of Kobe but my point is, we are in this competition because of Kobe. Not long ago, Kobe had several injuries, it seems that all those pains, broken fingers, old legs with arthritis were thus forgotten as well. We always take Kobe for granted as a machine who will always provide the score and if he misses, he is a bum! LMAO

kobe Crazy, giving grief and ego will not let him reathe .. attempt a basket to a rim jordan past and finished in stone .. but continues on and launching equipment imports 3 peppers .. Posted by: Escarpia | June 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM
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WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Posted by: HalosAnt | June 09, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Posted by: Escarpia | June 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM I'm sorry, it might be the hangover I have this morning, but I don't understand this gibberish. Posted by: Magia32 | June 09, 2010 at 10:05 AM
ROFLMFAO!!!!!

Escarpia, Do us all a favor and use this before you post anything else here: http://www.rosettastone.com/offer/ggfd10?s_kwcid=TC|16819|rosetta%20stone||S||5547544455&gclid=CPPMtZ6_k6ICFUJx5QodTT4zjg

It would be much appreciated. Posted by: HalosAnt | June 09, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!! HAHHHAA!! PLEASE, PEOPLE PEOPLE! STOP IT NOW!!!

Did you watch the tape where Fisher drove to the basket and was practically decapitated by "Big-Baby?" That was as flagrant as a foul as you will ever see. BB deliberately threw his elbow/forearm into the side of Fisher's head. Watch the tape in slow-mo. It should have been two free throws and the ball. As it turns out the Lakers are defeating both the depleted looking "Smell-ticks" and the east coast biased refs. However, thanks to the mad-dog approach of Fisher and Luke having a big first half, the Lakers muscled their way to a win. Somebody tell the fat-lady: "She's on in 5!"Posted by: BEANTOWNBUMS | June 09, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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I HAVE TO SAY IT...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!
MAMBA24

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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.


(59) FANOFTHEMAMBA - First thank you Derek Fisher! Second, thank you Lakers, every single contribution from every single player was needed to win that game last night. Wished Kobe's shot was falling but it wasn't, didn't matter, we still won! The Boston Celtics are a defensive nightmare but so are we! These are not the Lakers of 2008. Every Laker brought something great to the table last night, timely shots, timely defensive stops, hustle plays, blocks, steals and a never give up attitude.
(60) LAKERS RULE(AMIT) - MVY for this game ?? No. MVP would be Fish.
(61) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - May You allow Your servant D Fish to hit that shot right when we need it. Through D Fish's game, You prove what we always say about You: You may not come when we want You to...but You're always on time. Remind us of that great truth again through D Fish's play."
(62) ROCKY - Now that was a great game last night. Derek Fisher is a true Laker legend. He loves his team and he loves to help his team win. Last night is what Fish is all about, guts. I mean, Fish has huge balls of steel. He has ice in his viens. At the most crucial moments, Fish is a cold blooded killer. The guy is a true winner. It's so sweet to see him do what he does because he cares so much. I care a lot too, so that's a good combination. Derek Fisher is a special man.

JUSTA!

Where you at, did you die of happiness?

Kobe's game

Don't know how many shots Kobe jacked up early in the clock. There were a few. But the bulk of his misses were at 22" after a great Celtic defense warped the triangle. Other than the shooting percentage, Kobe played 44 great minutes. Blocked shots, hustle plays, constant clutch makes, he consistently continues to be the most cost efficient superstar in the league.

When Shannon Brown and Ron Artest figure out where they're supposed to be in the triangle, Kobe won't need to fire up 34 foot fade aways. When Pau realizes he has to attack single coverage, we won't need a bailout.

That said, great clutch experience for these players. This team is going to get better. Scary.

i know it was fisher's night and the praise is well deserved, but i'd like to give MAD RESPECT to andrew bynum for playing on a bad knee.....he could've taken the easy road and opted for surgery, but his heart told him to tough it out and help the cause to win this championship.....he's clearly in pain and it's obvious that it's affecting his footwork and lift, but HE IS GUTTING IN OUT!!.....i'm observing bynum's maturation process from boy to MAN in this series.....BIG PROPS to AB!!......

Mamba24,

Yes, where is Justa and Fatty? Did they elope again?

Mamba24,Yes, where is Justa and Fatty? Did they elope again?Posted by: Edwin Gueco | June 09, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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LMAO!!! Stop that Edwin, Stop it Now! hahahaha!
Mamba24

DFISH – WARRIOR/SCHOLAR
Laker fans we won & got our wish, But how many thought the hero would be the one & only Dfish
There are some who did who are Dfish Fans, But when arrows were shot who stood & took a stand
I know PEACE did, that’s for sure, On this LakerBlog, there were probably lots, lots more
LakerTom not only gave him his vote, He even suggested he could be the Lakers next great coach
I won’t point and say I Told You So, To those who demanded that Derrick Fisher should go
Every one agrees Fish is a gentleman with classs, But on the court Fish can also whip some @zzz
His basketball IQ is second to none, That’s why the Final plays Phil, lets Kobe & DFish Run
We got Ron Ron for the Playoffs grind, Who ever thought Ron Ron & Fish were 2 of a kind
Both are warriors who will fight till they die, Wonder why we kept Dfish? Now you know why!
It’s easy to look good when the games not on the line, But Fish just won’ts to win or Die Trying
Kobe is the star that blazes hot, But we also needed Fish, to get as far as we got
Derrick Fisher Keep doing what you do, You are a Laker For Life, that’s who the HELL R U
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DFISH IN BEGINNINIG, DFISH IN END, WITH DFISH WE WIN – BANDWAGON
WELCOME TO BEAN TOWN!!! KOBE BEAN TOWN!!!! @ LongTimeLakerFan
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.
(03) FEARLESS – CO/OWNER - You KNOW I should be the owner and driver of Fish's bandwagon. I've been carrying his torch all season, even when things looked very bleak! Make the adjustment. I'll even consider sharing ownership w/Jon K. As long as I drive. Here is to being the ONLY guy on God's green Earth that can say to Kobe, "set a screen for me and we win the game."How absolutely incredible is that? And Fish gave it away when he said, "[Kobe and I] know that when Kobe sets a screen for me, his man in not necessarily going to be leaving him, opening some opportunities for me to either get a good look, or if the shot is not there for me to hit the open guy and get into our offense and into the interior of their defense through another route." I don't know about you guys, but that sure sounds like the Lakers have the smartest back court in the whole game to me. That is why we're gonna win it all.
(04) # 4 - Put me on that DFISH FOREVER bandwagon! Re-sign this guy, if only for the playoffs!
(05) . PEACE – CO/OWNER - D-LAKER. As I told mamba24 a month ago, I'm on the Ride or Die with Fisher bandwagon. He was the difference in the game. He's not D-Fish. He's D-LAKER. Let's see what happens now. Gordon Gecko wouldn't lie to you Lakers, when it comes to knocking out the C's, greed is good. Take Game 4 Thursday
(06) DWNTWN –ATTY – DRIVER - Fisher's fourth qtr. -- what an awesome performance! definitely survives the second look test! What a beautiful performance by the Fisher tonight. Here is a tribute worth watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mav2iBA1cwo&feature=related
(07) ZAIRA AMATERASU – RIDING SHOTGUN - I just LOVE these guys. Derek then... ur words are showing up once more how a man of super class on court is even a better man, of a even more superior class, outta Bring it On Down to Figueroa. It's that time of the year again.
(08) EASTCOASTJESSIE - What a great day today! D-Fish is a class act and an unbelievable leader. I know we beat on him whe he can't keep up with faster guards but his contributions to our team and the game of basketball go above and beyond what he could accomplish by defending those pesky little fast guards. He was trully the MVP last night and showed lots of heart by wearing his emotions on his sleaves. I have to say that I absolutely loved Fish's emotion at the end of the game. I think we (fans and the media) get caught up in the "hard" or emotionless demeanor of the players without realizing that they want this just as bad as we do. That emotion comes from the endless hours of practice and running and re-running of plays and defensive schemes (while we sit back and blog and complain about every little detail). They are playing their hearts out and the final victory is only two wins away. I LOVE MY LAKERS!!! AND I LOVE ME SOME D-FISH!! The time is now Laker family...time to step on the throats of the Boston Celtics and humiliate them on their home court. They have always been the bully team who sets out to pounce on others. Now that they're getting a taste of their own medicine, we have to finish the job. No letting up, no excuses.
(09) HALOSANT - I posted a while back that as long as Fisher is wearing Purple & Gold I would NEVER question his play again and last night he PROVED ONCE AGAIN why you should NEVER count him out. He showed ALL doubters why he is not only co-captain of this team but why he is the HEART & SOUL of this team. He is what we like to call in the industry a CONSUMATE CHAMPION a plucky veteran who doesn't know what the word QUIT means. When the TEAM neede some sort of shot of momentum it was Fish who STEPPED UP to the challenge and put this team ON HIS BACK. Fish, my man, you displayed LEADERSHIP and A LOT of HEART!!! And the emotion that you showed during the post game interview PROVES your LOVE of this team but your COMMITMENT to WINNING. I hope that the next time I see tears in your eyes is when you have your arms wrapped around your FIFTH O'BRIEN TROPHY!!!! Oh yeah... WE GOT THISSSSSS!!!!!!!
(10) VMAN – SECURITY - D Fish is the only player on the roster that has the cred and the nerve to step up and take the ball out of Kobe's hands when he sees the offense breaking down. Tonight it worked. Hopefully we won't need that again.
(11) t- SENSEI - Gotta love what Ron said: "this was an education. Like learning on the job... (getting schooled by DFish and Kobe)". I like it that Lamar recognized Luke at the end of his interview. He appreciates that even a small, but solid contribution matters in games like this. And that is the Laker mindset -- everyone pitches in; even if it only Sasha hitting 2 FTs in the last half minute. Phil and staff told DFish to position his body to force Allen in one direction. By taking the second option away and then getting the bigs to show, everything RA did was hurried and on the Laker terms. He isn't going to shoot more than 40% from 3 again. And the more I think about Fish choking up during the Post-game interview -- that will have a big carryover effect for all the guys. He has changed the conversation to be about selflessness. That is something that has been iffy in Lakers teams past (at least with Kobe on board). But DFish now personifies that. He is the poster-boy for that idea and now no other Laker can step out on the court for the next 4 games with DFish right there on the floor or bench without living up to that standard, and trying to embody that value. The Lakers have this series wrapped up. Just a question of how many games before the banner is secured.
(12) SHIVARISING - Um... I'm just wondering where all the people who spent the season bashing DFish are. Hello? And there were A LOT of you... all season long. No one's gonna own up to it now?
(13) CARLOS DeeP - Can’t sleep…..We rooted, our team rallied and WE walked off the court w/ a BIG W. DFish is the MVP of the game, PERIOD. I did say WE GOT THIS!!!! WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE NOW!!!!
(14) BUDDY MONK - In a pregame interview, Fish was told Pierce said they weren't coming back to LA. He just gave a death glare.
(15) JOHNNY - On behalf of all Lakers fans I want to apologize to Derek Fisher.
If only he could hear the sounds throught all of Southern California. If only he could be inside every household going bedlam. But I know he did when I saw that tear. He was there with us in our living room tonight. Dude I just saw that death glare. Holy crap. Pierce don't look at it. It's gonna give you nightmares.
(16) NOAH - Fish goes full court right into KG, Ray Allen, AND Big Baby. Looked like a Volkswagon driving through a convoy of semi trucks. Count it. And one. THE play of this Championship.
(17) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Won the rebounds, had fewer turnovers, got a few key shots from the bench, Odom made an imprint on the game, strong defense, all keys to the win, but it wouldn't have happened without Fish. Is there a new Mr. Clutch in town? Way to go Derek, a good player, good teammate and a good man.
(18) SEGEBOY- SHERIFF - I've been hard on Fisher in the past ... I'd still like him to transition to a coaching role and hang it up ... but lord knows when I couldn't bare to watch the last few seconds of Orlando game 4, the screams i heard coming from the living room was due to Fish's improbable 3pt shot to tie the game Mamba says he's the heart and soul of this team ... I don't think any of us could wish for a better heart ... from what I know of him, Fish is as good a human being as they come I guess all I'm tryna say is I think Fish has more than earned the right to determine when it's time to hang it up ... Dude's come through for us time and time again ... I truly hope lakers management ensures he retires a laker
(19) LUDWIG - God loves Derek Fisher! Sonny Jesus loves Derek Fisher! Fisher IS God himself!
No, Derek Fisher is King! Fisher King! Hail to the King! Read 'em and weep, trolls!
(20) WESJIOENIXON - The things Artest had to say in his interview above were amazing. He's a great interview, and I love how he compared this game to learning on the streets. It must have been amazing to see Fisher give a speech about trusting one another and then watch him go out and prove exactly why that faith was warranted. This is amazing stuff.
(21) APPOLO C. VERMONT - Who would have thought that the Old Warrior has something left in his armor? Most sportswriters, the trolls, and some of us Laker fans were critical about him, written him off this season and yet once again he continues to defy the odds of age and reason. A wonderful specimen of courage and grit under pressure...the next question is, who will shine in games to come? The known or the "willing unknown"? Derek you made our day!!!Thanks a lot!!!Kobe seems so tired....I think we have shown toughness in this game. I like how they weather the storm through out the game.It's a tough win!!
(22) EJK - Thank God for Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum. Great defensive effort tonight. Now that was championship defense. What a difference having Drew this time around makes. I expect us to take one more in Boston, and then wrap it up at home in Game 6.
(23) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - HEY DFISH!!!! GET A FREAKIN' LIFE!!! DEREK FISHER WON THE GAME TONIGHT, AND IF YOU DENY IT YOU'RE A BIG OLD LOSER. HEY PAUL PIERCE!!! YOU MAY BE RIGHT!!! THIS SERIES MIGHT NOT COME BACK TO LOS ANGELES!!! AWWWWW YEEEEEEAH BOYEEEEEEEE Oh, and by the way... The Lakers were PLUS THIRTEEN with Luke Walton on the floor...Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Luke haters. How does it feel to have AARP representative Derek Fisher outplay your point guard who the Celtic-ass-kissing press was calling the MVP of the playoffs? How many times did Fish blow right past Rondo and score in the 4th? 3 times? 4 times?
(24) AUTOPORT - at this point there has to be a moratorium on negative comments on Fish during the regular season. he's obviously a post season player.
(25) MTI312 - DFISH. Fisher is God! He owns you! and your mom! the Fisher King!
Fisher just molested DFish !
(26) FAITH - Champions show resiliency against all odds. Champions show that heart of a champion is not a myth. Champions shrug off controversy, officiating faux pas and tough nights. Champions win on the road. Champions STEAL home court. We are the 2009 champions. Soon to be 2010. Recognize. Go Lakers! #2togo. who wants to bet that Pierce throws in the wheelchair in Game 4? It's in the bank!
(27) MARCB - GREAT IDEA--PICK & ROLL D-FISH & KOBEI
(28) GOD’S MESSENGER - Payback is a beach! Boston, how does it feel to have the calls go the other way?
(29) G IN DC(ASKA GDUB) - Oh yeah, and before I forget, hats off to DFish who showed what a true champion is made of.
(30) TinidoS - DFISH saves the day!!!!!!! Allen 0 -13 FG!!!! LOL so does it mean Fisher is a good defender???? Hahahaha
(31) MIKE - DFISHHHHHHHH!!! Heart of a champion, picking up the mamba's slack. BOW DOWN! REPEATTT!!!
(32) WARRENWITHBUTTERKNIVES - D-FISH D-FISH D-FISH Haters on here prett ymuch wasted a whole year of their lives trying to convince everyone here that this dude is washed up! GO DEREK!
(33) TEAMN - So great to see the adjustments on Rondo and Allen. Anyone know if that foul against Fish late in the game can be reviewed? Looked an awful lot like a flagrant whack on the head.
(34) LAKERSUNSHINE - Great win!!! Fisher is da man. Ms Pierce musta been looking thru that same crystal ball Stevie Nash was staring at when he saw a Sun victory. Now Ms Pierce has to look at the crystal ball again to see if he won't come back because the Lakers will take his team out in Boston. Keep staring though, the answer is there.
(35) JERRY - Ok - I'm going to replay that game on tivo but fish was amazing. I have to admit I've ragged on fish all season. I wanted him put on the bench or retire. We all have to remember that next year when he is resigned. Lakers need him!! Regular season doesn't count - we need his leadership in the playoffs. He can make all the boneheaded plays, layups, pujit in the regular season as long as the Lakers get a playoff berth. He shows up when it counts. That's when he plays his best ball. Dang - we could be up 3-0!!!!!!!!!!
(36) DICE8UP - Great great play by Fisher.
(37) MARK G - FEAR THE FISH - I agree with LTLL. We didn't ALL throw Fish under the bus. Some of us always believed him, so you don't need to apologize for ALL of us, just the tools.
(38) DAVE M. This is one of those games that real fans will always remember. It wasn't pretty, nobody was shooting lights out, there weren't awesome dunks or miracle buzzer beaters. We're used to seeing Fish put up rainbows at opportune times but his strength has never been at the rim or fighting through screens. Tonight, he played smart, strong and with a ton of heart. Truly a winner.
(39) SNAQUILLE OMEAL - Paging DFish, I told you once and I will tell you again: IF YOU HATE FISHER, YOU HATE YOURSELF!
(40) STAPLES24 - The true Lakers are Kobe, Fisher and Bynum. They play with Lakers pride. Truly they bleed purple and gold.
(41) SCOTT - DFish gets the game ball. Looks like those folks who said he brings his best for the playoffs, not the regular season were right.
(42) 20 FOOTLAYUP - DFish has become DSwish. True champion. True professional. True class act. True Laker. All aboard the bandwagon! Got room for one more?
(43) CJ GOLAKERS - Thank You Derek!!! To quote you quoting Phil "Don't chase the moment, play right, and the moment will find you" You stepped into the moment and delivered!! Heart and Soul, my brother, Heart and Soul!! Never under estimate the Heart of a Champion!!!
(44) ART-FL LAKER FANS - Kobe-Fish figuring out those late game plays, said they saw a glitch in the Celtic D, they exploited it, that was masterful.
Experience at work.
(45) CORNERJ - Grittiest, guttiest Laker performance EVER! That DFish 1 on 3 drive at the end will go down in Laker history even greater than his 0.4. When Kobe ran out of gas there at the end (and our triangle started looking like a uni-angle), he began acting as the high screen for Fish. It totally caught Boston off guard. They ran it about 5 times in a row, and it worked almost every time. Who woulda thunk that our perennial nemesis, the high screen and roll, would end up being our secret weapon. Seriously, we need to run it more often because Boston showed they've got a serious problem defending it. Have Fish and Kobe (and occasionally Pau) take turns as the screen. It'll open up the middle and give them more open mid-range jumpers, as well as drives/dishes. Pierce and Perkins are a step too slow to stop it.
(46) xyz - The most important win of the season so far and fish's play on both ends of the court is the largest ontributing factor to last night's victory.....his defense on ray allen was superb and his courage in the fourth quarter showed true leadership.....never underestimate the heart of a champion!!........2 mo' fellas....
(47) BEDO - am a harsh critic of Fisher but I have to give him all the credit he deserves. He WON game 3 for the Lakers. It was not Odom who hardly ever shows up to play. Not Artest who has done nothing since game 1. Not Gasol with all the bad passes and missed free throws. And certainly not Kobe who seems to take too many bad shots. Fisher tore down the Celtics defense and won this game 3 with his shooting. Thanks Derek.
(48) BREAKFAST – SAUSAGE - Big thumbs for Artest, Bynum, Fisher, Gasol and Kobe. and also to Brown, Farmar, Mbenga, Morrison, Odom, Powell, Vuja and Walton. and also to the Zen master we have to enjoy this honey moment
(49) KOBEFANINCUPERTINO - It was great to see Fisher and Kobe playing great end-game. 2 more to go!!
(50) RICK FRIEDMAN - All season long I bagged on Derek Fisher and urged him to step aside from his starter's role. I was more focused on his aging body than the amazing Heart of a Champion that lurked inside. Before Tuesday's Game 3, that championship heart started beating louder as the playoffs progressed. But I continued to doubt that Fish could go the distance. When I read Plaschke's column that it was time for the Lakers to declare they would bring Fish back next year, I still had doubts. But in the 4th quarter, I could no longer justify my resistance. Fish didn't just play well, he took over the game. He took over the Lakers' offense. He saw Kobe's legs give out. He recognized that he was the Hope. He delivered. A championship team has multiple guys who can decide a game. Fish became the Decider, not just for a game ending magic bullet. When the tears welled-up in his post-game interview with Doris Burke, all doubt washed away. Kobe's trust in Fish is obviously about more than friendship. They are champions in tandem.
(51) KEIFO - put me on the dfish bandwagon if you please!
(52) BENJAMIN - Just when Fisher looks totally washed up, like he can't defend even the 20th fastest point guard in the league, he completely steps up in the playoffs, culminating in his personally winning game 3 for us. I say we keep him as long as he wants to play and leave it up to Phil to play him when we he sees fit. There have been times where his poor shooting made games close and he had to hit shots for us to win, but I'll take clutch in crunch time over consistent any time. Fisher appears to be the toughest guy on this team after Kobe and that's saying a lot with Artest on the team as well. Tough obviously is comprised more of mental toughness than anything else. The win last night really makes me smile.
(53) CTRAN - The Lakers owe it to Fisher to keep him in L.A.. What kind of franchise would it be to let Fish go? Probably a notch or two below ...Clippers. I must admit there were times, during regular season, I screamed at the TV for PJ to pull Fish out for some quicker guard to come in and defend younger and faster opponents. Here we are in the playoffs and Fish has transformed to a completely different gutsy player who came up with big shots after big shots. This is not only this year playoffs, he threw up some great 3-pt dagger in Orlando last year, the famed .04 in San Antonio, ... On top of that, Fish is a well respected human being in the community. How can the Lakers not sign Fish and afford him the opportunity to retire as a Laker?
I know how much Fish loves his team and that is the least the Lakers could do.
(54) O FOR 13 - Kobe and Fish have played more playoff games together than any other guard duo in NBA history. Talk about a winning combo, those guys are leaving quite a legacy.
(55) BYNUMDUNKNASTY - Great game Fish!
(56) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Now that's what Champions are all about. Heart and soul and leaving it all out on the floor. I hope we keep Fish, the glue that holds the team together.
(57) Nemaia Faletogo - The Lakers need to re-sign Derek Fisher in the off season because he's the consummate professional and a gentleman. He's everything that's right about baskeball. Thanks Fish for being more than a role model.
(58) MAGICPHIL - WE WILL PREVAIL
(59) FANOFTHEMAMBA - First thank you Derek Fisher! Second, thank you Lakers, every single contribution from every single player was needed to win that game last night. Wished Kobe's shot was falling but it wasn't, didn't matter, we still won! The Boston Celtics are a defensive nightmare but so are we! These are not the Lakers of 2008. Every Laker brought something great to the table last night, timely shots, timely defensive stops, hustle plays, blocks, steals and a never give up attitude.
(60) LAKERS RULE(AMIT) - MVY for this game ?? No. MVP would be Fish.
(61) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - May You allow Your servant D Fish to hit that shot right when we need it. Through D Fish's game, You prove what we always say about You: You may not come when we want You to...but You're always on time. Remind us of that great truth again through D Fish's play."
(62) ROCKY - Now that was a great game last night. Derek Fisher is a true Laker legend. He loves his team and he loves to help his team win. Last night is what Fish is all about, guts. I mean, Fish has huge balls of steel. He has ice in his viens. At the most crucial moments, Fish is a cold blooded killer. The guy is a true winner. It's so sweet to see him do what he does because he cares so much. I care a lot too, so that's a good combination. Derek Fisher is a special man.
(63) VMAN - Andrew has arrived. He's been Kobefied. A Kobe Warrior. Injuries will be a part of his career, his main nemesis, but he'll play through. This playoff experience is worth every pain he's feeling. The future looks very bright this mornin' in
(64) BEANTOWNBUMS - Did you watch the tape where Fisher drove to the basket and was practically decapitated by "Big-Baby?" That was as flagrant as a foul as you will ever see. BB deliberately threw his elbow/forearm into the side of Fisher's head. Watch the tape in slow-mo. It should have been two free throws and the ball. As it turns out the Lakers are defeating both the depleted looking "Smell-ticks" and the east coast biased refs. However, thanks to the mad-dog approach of Fisher and Luke having a big first half, the Lakers muscled their way to a win.

AT THE RISK OF BEING A REACTIONARY . . .

I need to do some mental house-cleaning and throw out a few things that continue to bother me. I apologize if my ramblings that follow in no particular order seem self-focused...

GRIPE #1 ~~ I am SICK AND TIRED of people comparing how many fouls are called on both teams as if a perfectly called game means an equal number of fouls called on both teams. SO UNTRUE!!!!

Some teams play defense in a way that translates to be more "physical", or go deeper into their bench thus offering "more fouls to use", or incorporate a "no layups" strategy to their defense, etc. Match-up problems, fatigue, and execution are additional factors.

HERE IS THE FACT ~ If the officiating were to make every call perfectly (hypothetical, of course!), certain teams would have more fouls called than others, certain players would have more fouls called than others --- and that INEQUALITY WOULD BE EVEN. Do you really believe that an "evenly called game" would call an equal amount of fouls on a team of Shaq/Wallace/Artest/Barnes/Fisher when playing a team of Frye/Lewis/Durant/Johnson/Nash?


GRIPE #2 ~~ Quit judging Ron Artest on what he does on offense. His presence and value is NOT about the points he puts up but rather the scarcity of points put up by the man he is assigned to defend.

Paul Pierce was the MVP in 2008 v. Lakers. Entering this series, he carried himself as "The Man" once again. The Lakers being up 2-1 is exponentially more connected to Artest's defense on Pierce than on Artests point totals on offense.


GRIPE #3 ~~ Gasol puts up another "double-double" (13/10) with a handful of assists (4) and blocks (2). Yet he is criticized as once again being "soft" or "fading" or "misses a bunch of freethrows".

The Celtics Bigs (Perk/KG/Pierce/Wallace/Davis) outscored Lakers Bigs (Bynum/Gasol/Odom/Artest/Walton) 59-38.

The Lakers Bigs ourebounded the Celtics Bigs (30-26), had more blocks (4-2), had fewer turnovers (LA/4 - BOS/8).

Gasol led Lakers Bigs in scoring, rebounds and blocks. Clearly, it was NOT the Lakers Bigs scoring that contributed to victory, but rebounds and defense. How is it that Gasol is cheated on this?


GRIPE #3 ~~ From blogs to ESPN/NBA.COM commentators to NBA "experts", why is it that when the Lakers struggle offensively it is because of the "lock-down, championship-level" defense of the Celtics . . . BUT when Celtics struggle to score it is due to "missing open shots" or "questionable calls" or "age" or "fatigue" or Santa Claus is wearing gold leotards? (Well, maybe that last one isn't said very often -- but they are thinking it!)

The FACT IS that this Lakers team plays championship-level, lockdown, frustrate-you-during-AND-after-the-game defense.


FINAL COMMENT . . .which is really both a gripe and a GLOAT!!! Not once has any Celtic player or coach referred to the Lakers as the "defending champions." NOT ONCE. First time in my 40 years of following NBA that I have witnessed this arrogant slight.

Mike

If the series ends in three games!


Is Fisher the MVP of the Finals, Kobe, Gasol or Bynum?


Bynum playing in one leg has out played Perkins, has covered at times KG very well, his presence alone gave Gasol a better match up instead of Perkins. Bynum's impact in this Finals can not be underestinmated. Is BYNUM the most consistent LA player in this series so far. DEFENSE, REBOUNDS and POINTS IN THE PAINT all of it BYNUM has provided.


All four has consistently showed up in the Finals including Ron artest defense on Pierce.


But, The MVP still belongs to the BLACK MAMBA. HE is the one that makes all things possible.


What I would liek to see is Fish and Kobe gets CO-MVP!

God, I can't believe the emotional swings from game to game. You Laker fans were in turmoil after losing the second game. I was sure the Lakers would win one game in Boston and now they have. But I agree the Celts have to win the next 2 games and I think they will.
This isn't over yet.

Mamba-put me on the DFish forever Bandy...

every person who ever said anything bad about him needs to apologize NOW!

what a great playoff run and way to win a game by yourself DFish

Kevin Tully

We're emotional? We're not the ones that win a game and then invade the Boston Globe website talking smack, only to disappear the next time we lose a game. That's you guys. Look around, where are all the Celt Trolls now?

And yeah you're right, it's def not over, but the Lakers are in the driver's seat and your team is in trouble. To be honest, the body language of the Celts tells me they know the Lakers are the better team now. Your not playing Magic or the Cavs, your playing the Champs now. GL coming back down 2-1, you'll need it.

If the Smell-tics have to rely on "Big Baby" to be their go to guy. Then sorry all you east-coast chowder-heads, they are in "Big Trouble". KG had about 8 mins. of desperation play in the 1st qtr, then Doc had to give the old dude a much needed rest, KG you are so old you fart dust. And where was "The Truth?" a.k.a. Paul Pierce? Looked more like a big, fat lie to me. LOL!


THE LAKERS VICTORY PARADE WILL BE ON TUES. 6/15 SO MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!!

Corner J,

>>>2008, this was exactly how the Celtics out-toughed the skilled-but-soft
>>>Lakers. But in 2010...sorry guys, it ain't workin', and you know it.

Totally on the money.

I'd posit that the 2004 Pistons series was the same way - a "tough" East coast team punking the finesse Lakers.

This year, the Lakers are punking back. I said it before the series and I'll reiterate: 2008 Celtics minus PJ Brown and James Posey is a big drop off in toughness.. 2008 Lakers plus Bynum and Artest is a big increase in toughness.

I'd also say that trading off Eddie House hurt the C's. His defense was never anything special, but he hit some dagger 3's against the Lakers in `08. Nate just isn't as reliable a jump shooter.

Kobe is MVP -- Fish doesn't get those looks if Boston is not so hell-bent on jocking Kobe's strap all game. You can talk about percentages but the manner in which Kobe scores is amazing in itself, the timing of the baskets, I can go on but I digress.

Kobe is MVP but the team is Co-MVP...Hopefully we can win out and celebrate on their court, that would be LOVE!

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DFISH IN BEGINNINIG, DFISH IN END, WITH DFISH WE WIN – BANDWAGON
WELCOME TO BEAN TOWN!!! KOBE BEAN TOWN!!!! @ LongTimeLakerFan
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(01) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – BATON TWIRLER/LEADER OF THE BAND - I should be the baton twirler leading the band for DFish. Rick F. can attest. Never doubt the heart of a champion.Posted by:
(02) JON-K. – OWNER - There is a reason I've spent a season battling trolls who insult Derek Fisher. Because Derek Fisher has the heart of a Champion. In the big picture of things, we get distracted by players like LeBron James who have incredible physical skills, but lack heart. They lack commitment. Kobe Bryant is a killer, and I love him for that, but he wouldn't be his best without someone like Derek Fisher... a guy whose heart and guts are more than anyone on this blog... or for that matter the NBA. We will be Champions, in part, this year, again, because of Derek Fisher. He is a true Laker Great.


(59) FANOFTHEMAMBA - First thank you Derek Fisher! Second, thank you Lakers, every single contribution from every single player was needed to win that game last night. Wished Kobe's shot was falling but it wasn't, didn't matter, we still won! The Boston Celtics are a defensive nightmare but so are we! These are not the Lakers of 2008. Every Laker brought something great to the table last night, timely shots, timely defensive stops, hustle plays, blocks, steals and a never give up attitude.
(60) LAKERS RULE(AMIT) - MVY for this game ?? No. MVP would be Fish.
(61) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - May You allow Your servant D Fish to hit that shot right when we need it. Through D Fish's game, You prove what we always say about You: You may not come when we want You to...but You're always on time. Remind us of that great truth again through D Fish's play."
(62) ROCKY - Now that was a great game last night. Derek Fisher is a true Laker legend. He loves his team and he loves to help his team win. Last night is what Fish is all about, guts. I mean, Fish has huge balls of steel. He has ice in his viens. At the most crucial moments, Fish is a cold blooded killer. The guy is a true winner. It's so sweet to see him do what he does because he cares so much. I care a lot too, so that's a good combination. Derek Fisher is a special man.
(63) VMAN - Andrew has arrived. He's been Kobefied. A Kobe Warrior. Injuries will be a part of his career, his main nemesis, but he'll play through. This playoff experience is worth every pain he's feeling. The future looks very bright this mornin' in
(64) BEANTOWNBUMS - Did you watch the tape where Fisher drove to the basket and was practically decapitated by "Big-Baby?" That was as flagrant as a foul as you will ever see. BB deliberately threw his elbow/forearm into the side of Fisher's head. Watch the tape in slow-mo. It should have been two free throws and the ball. As it turns out the Lakers are defeating both the depleted looking "Smell-ticks" and the east coast biased refs. However, thanks to the mad-dog approach of Fisher and Luke having a big first half, the Lakers muscled their way to a win.
(65) KOBESBAD - put me on the DFish forever Bandy...every person who ever said anything bad about him needs to apologize NOW! what a great playoff run and way to win a game by yourself D
(66) LAKERSRYDEORDIE - Kobe is MVP -- Fish doesn't get those looks if Boston is not so hell-bent on jocking Kobe's strap all game. You can talk about percentages but the manner in which Kobe scores is amazing in itself, the timing of the baskets, I can go on but I digress. Kobe is MVP but the team is Co-MVP...Hopefully we can win out and celebrate on their court, that would be LOVE!
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