Derek Fisher, dumped by the Lakers when they wanted an upgrade at point guard, now plays for the Thunder … and his successor was dismantled Monday by Thunder starter Russell Westbrook as Fisher looked on. Rich.
It would be sweet vindication for Fisher if that were in his nature. It would also be foolish to think that the autopsy would have read differently had he still been wearing purple, no matter how many playoff moments he had inL.A.
The fact is, now that Ramon Sessions is playing piñata at the point, the Lakers still don’t have an answer for speed ball handlers. And the Thunder still have Westbrook. End of discussion.
Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal saw Westbrook pile up 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, nine assists (against one turnover) and seven rebounds in an overwhelming individual showing that led an overwhelming 119-90 Thunder victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook can obviously do that against anybody. Doing it against the Lakers came afterDenver’s Ty Lawson got where he wanted in the first round. Which came after Chris Paul worked them over pretty good in the first round last year, which came after Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks, Deron Williams and other quick point guards sent shivers through Los Angeles.
For Westbrook to do it with Fisher there — a few feet away in reality, but a thousand miles away in his mind, because he never really wanted to leave the Lakers — was just too perfect. Sessions got torched just like Fisher would have and, indeed, Kobe Bryant fared no better when he got a chance to guard Westbrook. It didn’t matter.