"My mother could see something was wrong, but she
stepped away from it this time," Fisher
knew what her
baby was going through.
rarely does, I think she
just tried to back up and let me get through it.She
just sat back and let me work it out." Last Friday night before LA's game against the Spurs at Staples Center, Fisher was informed by Lakers coach Phil Jackson that Lindsey Hunter was the new starter and Fisher would come off the bench. Last Friday night before LA's game against the Spurs at Staples Center, Fisher was informed by Lakers coach Phil Jackson that Lindsey Hunter was the new starter and Fisher would come off the bench.
was stunned, wondering what he
had done.It took some time to adjust to his
Shaquille O'Neal (26 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks) and Kobe Bryant (13 points, six assists) also could sense Fisher
was hurt. " `Fish' is a soldier, he's a fighter," Bryant said.
"I was concerned about him for a little bit.But Fish is always fighting through things, and he
just kept fighting.He's
starting to find his
rhythm a little bit now."
"I talked to Fish and I just told him to come out and lead us," O'Neal said."Help the guys that aren't used to running the offense.
was needed the most, he
came through.The Lakers were sloshing through the third quarter, trailing 69-60 before Bryant scored to get the Lakers within seven.
Then Fisher hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Lakers within 69-68 at the end of the third.
Now looking energized, the Lakers polished off a 36-6 run, which started with Bryant's basket, to open a 96-75 lead.
The two by Fisher
got them going.
"I felt like our energy was low collectively," Fisher
said."I think individually we were trying to play hard, but collectively we just couldn't put together enough energy to take the game over.So it wasn't anything individually I felt like I needed to do offensively, but I definitely felt like when the opportunities came, I definitely tried to take advantage of the shots."
Fisher's family drove the 1 ½ hours from his
home town of Little Rock, Ark. to see him play.