Lakers' Derek Fisher's Dirty Play Costs Golden State the Game
In a playoff type environment at Oracle Arena and a night before at the Staples Center, the Lakers went on a hunt for revenge after a Warrior win with a three-point showdown by Stephen Jackson 24 hours earlier.
The Lakers, of course, looked sharp at the beginning of the game, but the Warriors looked sharper feeding off Monta Ellis' acrobatic shot after shot.
Al Harrington started to get hot from the perimeter and helped the Warriors extend to a 9-0 run in the second quarter.
Baron Davis had 20 points in the first half and the Warriors had an 11-point lead going into the break.
A repeat of last night's game, the Lakers came out in the third quarter and outscored Golden State 35-23.
In spite of playing back-to-back games against each other, both teams stuck to an eight-player rotation with the Warriors "Big Three" (Monta Ellis, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson) never resting during the game.
Lamar Odom did not take a breather either.
As the fourth quarter arrived in the Bay Area, so did Kobe Bryant’s offensive realm. Bryant made the highlights when he shot over Kelenna Azubuike's tremendous defense for a three and put the Lakers up by eight.
Fans started cheering, the crowd got up on its feet, and the Warriors made their final push in regulation, tying the game at 111.
Overtime in Oakland.
Lakers up by two with four seconds to go in OT, Stephen Jackson looking for Baron Davis to finish off the game on an inbounds play.
However, on the dirtiest play the Warriors experienced this season, Fisher pulled down Ellis, which official Bob Delaney called an offensive foul.
Ellis fell right on Fisher, and it seemed that Fisher was faking an injury to hide an embarrassing play performed by a world class NBA player.
The quirky aspect about the call was that none of the other officials had anything to discuss about the play and just let it go.
It's one thing seeing the players decide a game and seeing a 56-year-old official deciding a critical game in a packed Western Conference.
A very big factor that cost the Warriors the game was Don Nelson's stubbornness as well.
Sticking with center Andres Biedrins the whole game, who missed five open wide dunks and simply stood as a statue the whole game mesmerized by Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant, demonstrates Nelson's distrust in his bench.
Nelson has no trust in Brandon Wright, who has a wingspan of a 7’2 player and can pick up rebounds for a weak rebounding team like the Warriors, or back-up point guard CJ Watson.
How can you judge players without playing them in a regular season game?
This has not only been evident during the Lakers game, but in every single game this season. The starters end up with an average of 42 minutes a game.
Derek Fisher and Bob Delaney have interfered to cause a big Golden State loss, but the Warriors organization must reconsider investing in players who can actually play in Don Nelson's basketball world.
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