When will people learn to cover Derek Fisher on a potential game winning shot? Let’s be clear — Derek Fisher has almost nothing left and should barely see the court for the Lakers. But what he still has in abundance is a self-confidence that in the biggest moments lets him fearlessly let a shot fly.
Dallas made a smart play, they doubled early to get the ball out of Kobe Bryant’s hands — don’t let him beat you. But Fisher then got a clean look and drained that shot, and if he had passed Pau Gasol would have had a clean look on the baseline (Dirk Nowitzki hesitates on the close out on Fisher when he senses how open Gasol is and the pass might go there).
The Lakers are the worst three point shooting team in the league and were 0-9 from three in the game before that moment. But when it is Fisher with the game on the line, he knows no fear.
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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.
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