This is what we asked after watching last night’s game, when, after King Kobe and his Lakers came out with a strong first quarter, D-Fish entered his first game in Los Angeles since the infamous trade with 2 minutes left to play in the first. Fisher earned a standing ovation from the crowd…and then proceeded to do his thing and get the energy going for his team, turning the tide around for the struggling Thunder. At halftime, Fisher had 7 pts–although for the enemy–and was shooting 3 of 5. And a buzzer-beating SWOOSH from Oklahoma had cut the Lakers lead down to 49-44!
In an all too familiar story this season, by the end of the third, the Lakers were down 78-68. And, in the end, Westbrook’s 36 pts–and Durant’s 21–prove too much for the Lakers, and LA loses to D-Fish’s Thunder. Final score? 102-93.
And it gets even worse: with this loss, the Lakers drop to just one and a half games above Clippers.
Please say it ain’t so.
Top Scorers from Los Angeles: Bynum with 25 Pts, 13 Reb! Bryant: 23 Pts, 9 Reb! Gasol: 13 Pts, 6 Reb…while Sessions holds at 7 Pts, 3 Reb, and 5 assists.
What do the Lakers plan to focus on to improve their game during the rest of the season?
“Rebounding,” states #24. “Rebounding. Rebounding.”
Which brings us back to the hottest question in the NBA right now: “Will it be D-Fish who ends up with 6 rings, the title of the baller with the most bling–and the bragging rights to go along with it?”
Will it really, as nearly everyone is predicting, be the Heat vs. Thunder in the Finals?
Will Durant, Westwood, and Fisher carry the day?
To get the real deal, we turned to the fans:
“No way,” long-time Lakers fan Da’jon Jackson throws down flat out. ”The Thunder are a great team but Kobe is a better closer than Kevin Durant; when we meet in the play-offs the Lakers will win in 6 or 7 games.”
And what about the “dis heard round the world?” Do you still think it was a good idea to trade the baller-formerly-known-as-#2 for Jordan Hill?
“Yeah it was,” defends die-hard Lakers fan Jay Angelo Holquin, affirming that Fisher’s leadership and experience are simply not “worth 3 million a year.”
And, despite how nostalgic fans may be, he is not the only one who feels this way. Simply glance over any Lakers message board and you will see as many fans eager for young blood as there are fans calling, like #24, to bring back the old guard.
Still, other fans will always miss the new #37. “I don’t even know why they traded Fisher,” mourns one young gamer. “Fisher is awesome. Derek+Kobe=Friendship.” Another fan agrees that she has only “much love & respect” for Fisher “wherever he goes!” Adds one more: “Derek, you rock. I am a huge Lakers fan, always have been and will be; however, I am also a huge Derek Fisher fan. I’m sorry the Lakers let you go.”
And always, no matter what, we the fans will love King Kobe and his Lakers. Because, in the words of fan Kimberly Cartagena Salinas, “It’s all the way Lakers baby.”
All the time.