Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fisher Feeling like a King with Thunder NBA Playoffs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fisher Feeling like a King with Thunder NBA Playoffs

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Derek Fisher had just finished buttoning his dress shirt at his locker when he shot a sideways glance at a reporter from Los Angeles.

"Kings win?" the Oklahoma City Thunder guard asked late Wednesday night.

Informed they had lost to the New Jersey Devils, the former longtime Laker sighed.

"So, Game 5 in L.A.?" Fisher inquired hopefully.

"Back to New Jersey," responded a few reporters.

It's OK. Things are still looking good, for Fisher and the Kings.

The NBA and NHL playoffs could each be an L.A. story between a possible first title for the Kings and a sixth for Fisher, which would give the onetime Angeleno one more than a certain former teammate.

Fisher said he had not heard from Kobe Bryant immediately after Oklahoma City's 107-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, which clinched the Thunder's first NBA Finals appearance since it relocated from Seattle four years ago.

He almost certainly has by now.

"I haven't checked my phone yet," Fisher said. "It could be tonight. We'll talk. We've spoken in the last few days. We'll see."

Fisher had already received a shout-out on Twitter from Lakers forward Metta World Peace following Fisher's clutch play Wednesday. He played all 12 minutes in the fourth quarter alongside Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, making a three-point shot from the corner to give the Thunder a 96-91 lead with 4 minutes 35 seconds remaining.

"Fisher..... Nothing new... " World Peace tweeted. "Totally not surprised... 6 ring fisher!!!!!!!! Do it do it!!!! Wow!!!!!"

Fisher made two of three shots in the fourth quarter, including a jumper he banked in with 1:55 to go to extend Oklahoma City's advantage to 103-97. He also had a steal earlier in the quarter and finished the game with nine points. …

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