Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder is probably the biggest enemy of the San Antonio Spurs. Even when he is old and about two levels beyond washed up, the former Los Angeles Laker point guard helped push the Thunder into the playoffs. Fisher made two HUGE shots in the fourth to push the Thunder past.
First, the Spurs had cut the lead to three when Fisher got the ball in the corner. If it is a big game, do everything you can to deny Derek Fisher the ball. He got a good look and buried a triple to push the lead to six.
Finally, the Spurs shaved the lead down to four and actually ran Derek Fisher off the perimeter. He decided to borrow a page from the book of Tim Duncan and banked in a jumper to give OKC a five point lead and it was something the Spurs could not overcome.
I can not explain it but Derek Fisher has some type of playoff magic. He continually torments the Spurs and their fanbase. He has kept that team from a couple of extra shots at a title. If the Duncan-era Spurs win six titles, that is something to talk about forever. Instead, Fisher cuts their hearts again and again.
I watched Derek Fisher earlier this year. He was done. He had nothing left. Getting traded by the Lakers apparently gave him new focus. Now he is the veteran presence in Oklahoma City and they have a shot to win their first NBA title. Might be the perfect way for Fisher to go out.