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Enemy Chatter: Redemption for Derek Fisher

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and
are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose
of 'enemy chatter' from Los Angeles.

Derek Fisher is a proud man.  He's not the
sinful kind of proud, the type who allows his pride to hinder his
judgment, or cause him to act as if he's better than someone else.  His
pride is commendable, the result of a man who reflects upon his life,
and likes what he sees.  And he should be proud.  He's been a member of 4
championship squads, he's hit some of the biggest shots in playoff
history, and he is one of the most charismatic players, one of the
strongest leaders, in the NBA.

That pride, that indomitable belief of self, is what allowed Fisher
to persevere through a difficult regular season, one that saw him become
the punching bag of 90% of Lakerdom, myself included.  His pride made
him bristle at the suggestion that he could no longer compete at this
level.  And it was his pride that turned to anger when confronted by Paul Pierce's bravado in proclaiming this
series "ain't coming back to LA."  Paul Pierce is also a proud man, but
his pride is the kind spoken of in the verses of the Bible.  In that
context, pride is considered one of the seven deadly sins, which makes
sense, because Paul Pierce's pride made Derek Fisher deadly.

Silver Screen and Roll

I didn't realize that most Lakers fans were calling for Fisher's head all season long. I still view him as a clutch player with a sweet jump shot. It's not his fault he's 35 years old and the Lakers have yet to find a viable replacement for him.

This might be the first time I've seen a biblical reference in a sports blog post.

The Lakers really paid more attention to detail in Game 3, especially on
the defensive end of the floor. I thought the Lakers did a fantastic
job on Ray Allen. The Laker bigs were showing on screens, not allowing
Allen to get off uncontested jumpers. They packed the paint when Paul
Pierce had the ball, not allowing him to get going. He made three
3-pointers, but you can live with that when he isn’t able to get to the
rim or knock down that shot he loves to take at the elbow. Keeping
Pierce on the perimeter also meant keeping him off of the free throw
line. Rajon Rondo didn’t come anywhere near 10 rebounds this game and
was held to 11 points. Kevin Garnett finally got going scoring 25, but
he was making a lot of tough, contested shots. I can live with that if
the Celtics, especially since the rest of the Celtics only scored 59

Forum Blue and Gold

While Ray Allen didn't have many wide open looks in this game, he did have some decent looks at the basket. His poor performance was exacerbated by Pierce's lack of production. Usually, one of the two picks up the slack for the other guy. That was not the case last night.

On Page 2, Doc is called a whiny cry-baby.

Doc Rivers, the Celtics coach who whines and cries over poor
officiating, blamed the refs much of the night, refusing to acknowledge
that Allen and Pierce shot a combined 5 of 25, but divulged that Fisher
was the factor in the game.

Bleacher Report/LA Times

Doc had every right to complain about the treatment Paul Pierce received from the officials. It was obvious they were "making good" on Kobe Bryant's foul trouble from Game 2.

If you are going to call out Doc for ref bitching, you need to acknowledge that Phil Jackson has been his equal in that department for this series.

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  • the-facts

    Paul pierce next time you decided to talk trash, like you have been doing all year. you better back it up idiot. well guess what you are going back to cali. this ain’t the LA Clippers were playing against alright. so maybe next time you will keep your damn mouth shut. you can have all the confidence in the world, but that doesn’t mean you have to run your damn mouth all the times. learn how to be humble. but i think that we can win the next 2 home games. and we can steal one game in LA. go celtics.

  • who da guy

    the laker cunts wont get away with this…there will be justice. Fisher is about as proud as a stinky fish cunt….thats basically how i feel about that little bitch. These little fake fucker’s, with their white man bullshit, r really gonna be sore in their ass when we get our justice. Hopefuly kobe goes to jail and gets raped in the ass, along with mark jackson, jeff van gundy, mike breen, stu jackson, any motherfucking person with the last name of jackson, includinding phil and michael. Hopefully all of them, along with david stern, eddie rush, that gay ref from last night, benete salvatore(dwayne wades butt bitch) and any of those other fucking cheaters get raped in the ass. Go a head and delete this post if u like, but that is seriously how i feel. I hate cheaters, i just hope there will be justice.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    I second that

  • Champ

    And there you have it…
    one of those “knowledgeable” celtic fans.

  • who da guy

    if u like winning as cheating…then ur a real knowledgeable fan…douche bagel

  • who da guy

    david stern wants a game seven…its super simple to me…he is wanting money for his league which is going is gonna have some economic troubles in the near future. I hope the refs will be fair in game seven…thats all i can say.

  • haha

    Lay off the Crack Please…Thank you and have a nice day.

  • mollysdaddy

    I don’t know what is more unbelievable; That there is a band of people running the league pressuring games and series to their preferred outcome or that people really think that is happening.
    I try so hard to stay out of these type of discussion because conspiracy theorists are virtually impossible conversationalists, but even if I only give my two cents towards one in every hundred comments, I’m typing something about every 3 or 4 days here.
    I don’t see any reasonable proof that the refs are extending this series by design. I see disagreeable officiating impacting both teams, and ultimately one team fights through it better than the other. If we had a Bird and a Parish playing they would simply put their heads down and beat the hell out of the Lakers then as he was walking off the court Bird would say something like “Nice fucking job reffing!”

  • Jake

    Bird and co. couldn’t “beat the hell out of the Lakers” in todays NBA. They simply wouldn’t allow it.

  • Jake

    And one more thing, I don’t get this whole “they’re equally impacting both teams” argument, as if that’s some sort of consolation. Why should the winners be crowned based on their will to keep their cool in the face of suspect officiating. I guess it’s some new sport or something.

  • fick

    Uh huh, and Phil Jackson wasn’t whining and crying about the refs before Game 3. Suuuuuuuure. God I hate Flaker fans/media/the team/the coach/the towel boy… BEAT LA.

  • smart comment pierce should get his tongue cut off