Great article on the Fisher and what the “Scola hit” meant to the Lakers.
Empty The Bench: As the fourth quarter got underway in Los Angeles on Wednesday night I got a text from my dad, a lifelong Lakers fan. He’s been following the team since getting “Hot Rod” Hundley and Elgin Baylor’s autograph as a kid when they were the Minneapolis Lakers playing home games at the Minneapolis Armory and Minneapolis Auditorium. The text read, “Fisher game MVP.” I agreed.
Fisher’s jarring, clearly illegal shot to Houston power forward Luis Scola was precisely what the Lakers, and their fans, needed at that moment. The Rockets had bullied LA up and down the floor en route to a Game One win despite the Lakers more technically skilled roster. It had been a humiliating effort and experience for everybody not wearing red that night.
Los Angeles came out inspired on Wednesay, riding Kobe Bryant’s 13 points in the first eight minutes of action to an early lead. LA managed to drop an impressive 39 points in the first quarter on Houston’s sturdy, stingy D. It looked like the dominant Lake Show fans have come to know over the last two seasons was back in form.