When the Oklahoma City Thunder lost Russell Westbrook for the playoffs, they knew they needed somebody to step up and take on some more scoring load. Something tells me that very few people thought Derek Fisher would be turning back the clock in the coming weeks.
During the first half of Oklahoma City's second game of the second round against the Memphis Grizzlies, Fisher knocked down three three-pointers and scored 14 points for the Thunder.
I'm serious, you didn't misread any of that.
Fisher has gone from being one of the most ridiculously bad veteran pickups down the stretch to suddenly raining three-pointers every time he gets more than a foot of space around the three-point line.
Did you know Derek Fisher has made 18 of 29 threes in the 2013 playoffs? WHAT THE HELL?????????????— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 8, 2013
DEREK FISHER IS NOT DONE. GO GRAB A SNICKER. HE WILL BE HERE ALL NIGHT— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 8, 2013
Derek Fisher, fadeaway jumper over the Defensive Player of the Year. Yep. That's where things are at.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) May 8, 2013
As it stands, Fisher's three-point percentage in the playoffs (he's currently made 18 of 29, good for 62.1 percent) would be the best of his career, surpassing his 61.7 percent clip from back in 2003.
At this point, everything the Thunder are getting from Fisher is icing on the cake. He was supposed to come in, bring some veteran presence and be the Alka Seltzer for the team if they end up getting an upset stomach.
Every three-pointer he makes past this point is like finding a quarter on the ground after finding a twenty in an old jacket pocket.