Kobe Bryant may have nation-wide recognition as the NBA’s most clutch player, but in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he was not the go-to guy down the stretch.
It was a fish called Derek.
Derek Fisher, the much maligned point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, came through with 11 points in the last nine minutes of their 91-84 victory in Boston. Throughout the playoffs, he’s been labeled slow, old, ineffective, and ready to retire.
But there’s one label that trumps them all: clutch.
Many media members were amazed by D-Fish’s performance Tuesday, but the Laker faithful knew he had it in him. Jerry West, Robert Horry, and Bryant are other members of the purple and gold known to have the clutch gene. Fisher shares that DNA, and with his play as of late, he can have the spotlight.
But only for a little. The Black Mamba can’t wait more than a day.
Fisher has hit many big shots in his career, especially in the playoffs. So in honor of the Little Rock, Ark. native’s effort to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead over the Celtics, we shall relive the best moments in Fish history.
No actual fish were hurt in the making of this slideshow.