Despite some struggles, Phil continues to inform us why Fish is so valuable to this Lakers squad; and I agree.
Daily News: Derek Fisher hasn’t played big minutes this season, which is just as Lakers coach Phil Jackson planned. Fisher has averaged 27 minutes per game through the season’s first 40 contests, which actually might be a little more than Jackson wanted.
Fisher’s minutes and his scoring are down slightly from last season, but Jackson has made it clear the veteran point guard remains an important part of the Lakers’ makeup. Fisher is averaging 7.0 points, down from 9.9 points in 29.8 minutes in 2008-09.
Jackson said he has no plans to remove Fisher from key situations, however.
“Obviously, we play really well when he’s on the floor, because he’s got a knowledge of how we want to play at critical times, getting off the gun, starting
He scored only four points on 2-for-5 shooting, but had eight rebounds and six assists in less than 20 minutes.
He also played strong defense against Baron Davis, his Clippers counterpart. He goaded Davis into a flagrant-1 foul when he and Pau Gasol trapped Davis along the sideline. Davis swung one elbow at Fisher and then struck Gasol.
Jackson later praised Fisher for his rebounding.
“The game ball went to Fisher, to be honest with you,” Jackson said.