Lakers' Derek Fisher not amused by Boston's Pierce's comments
He stood before the media after the Lakers' shoot-around in preparation for Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, his eyes wide, his jaw taut, his face stern.
Derek Fisher had been asked to comment on Boston's Paul Pierce's comments, but the Lakers guard just stood there in a stony silence instead.
"We ain't coming back to L.A.," Pierce had said in the late moments of Boston's victory over the Lakers in Game 2 at Staples Center on Sunday.
Because both teams flew cross-country Monday, no one from the Lakers had a chance to respond to Pierce's bold proclamation until Tuesday.
But Fisher just stood there for 15 seconds, never saying a word, apparently unamused by what Pierce said.
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he was told about Pierce's comments.
"We're going to have to make him a liar," Jackson said, smiling.
Then again, Jackson was told, the Lakers could win all three games in Boston.
If that did happen, the Lakers, who are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series, would win the NBA championship and the Celtics indeed wouldn't have to come back to Los Angeles for a Game 6.
"We could end it here," Jackson said. "That's right. He might be right with that."
But with Games 3, 4 and 5 at TD Banknorth Garden, the Lakers know that since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format for the Finals, only twice in history has the home team won all three middle games.
The Detroit Pistons did that to the Lakers in 2004, when the Pistons won Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center and then won Games 3, 4 and 5 in Detroit to win the championship.
Because the Lakers didn't practice Monday, they had over a two-hour shoot-around Tuesday.
They watched film and did some work on the court.
"Guys sat on a plane for six hours yesterday and lost part of a day," Jackson said. "We came out here and didn't have an opportunity to work out, so this is just a little activity for them."-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Boston