The streak lives.
Not the Heat streak. The Cold streak. Derek Fisher still can't make a shot.
The Thunder routed the Wizards 103-80 Wednesday night, and some wild things happened.
Kendrick Perkins nailed an 18-footer. Hasheem Thabeet swished a 10-footer. But ancient Derek Fisher kept missing. Three more misses Wednesday without a basket, raising his streak to 18 misses over six games.
Not that the 38-year-old Fisher is going to hear about it from his Thunder teammates. NBA locker rooms can be a cruel environment, but Fish is Mr. Untouchable. Not just because these baby Boomers respect their elders. They respect Fisher's jewelry.
“Can't bust nobody with five rings,” said Perkins. Not even a Laker, and Perk is a Laker Hater.
Said Russell Westbrook: “He's got five rings. Been to the NBA Finals. I really don't think he cares about missing 18 shots.”
True enough. Fisher says he knows he hasn't made a basket in awhile but also says it doesn't matter.
“In the role that most of us play for this team, you shouldn't measure yourself by percentages or how you're shooting,” Fisher said. “It's really about how you're impacting the game and if you're making a positive contribution.
“We don't have a problem scoring points. So we don't need another guy worried about how many shots he's making. We need more guys worried about how many shots we're going to keep the other team from making.”
Fisher is right. The Thunder brought him back on Feb. 25 for immeasurables.
Which can send the Thunder fan base a little over the edge.
Friend of mine says he's been inspired by Fisher. Says the next time he's hitting on a girl, and she wants to know why she should give him her phone number, he's got a ready answer.
That's a running joke. Ask Scotty Brooks what Fisher brings besides intangibles, and Brooks starts talking about, you guessed it, intangibles.
Another guy I know sent an email Wednesday, pointing out that while Fisher had missed 15 straight shots in the previous five Thunder games, Thunder fans in the previous five home games were 2-of-5 on half-court shots.
“He hasn't made shots,” Brooks admitted. “But he does so many good things for us. Very physical, smart, cerebral defender.”
Against the Wizards, Fisher made some solid plays. A couple of steals, an assist, a rebound. What appeared to be solid defense.
And though we joke about the intangibles, truth is, Fisher does bring them. Experience. Calmness. Readiness. A locker room presence.
Heck, for all I know, Fisher serves as some kind of dorm monitor for the still-young Thunder. Maybe everyone shapes up with Fisher and his five NBA championship rings around.
I don't have a problem with Fisher playing, so long as his minutes don't get too high. Brooks played Fisher 20.4 minutes a game last season, then upped that to 22.3 in the playoffs, same as Thabo Sefolosha. Which is just nuts.
This time around, Brooks is playing Fisher 13.8 minutes per game. Frankly, I'd like to see Ronnie Brewer get some of that action, but 13.8 doesn't tip the ship too much.
Fisher said he was promised no amount of minutes or even a certain role. Says he knew Reggie Jackson would remain the backup point guard.
“I'm obviously adjusting to a shorter role than I'm accustomed to playing,” Fisher said. “Playing 12, 13 minutes a game, you have to be really ready to go right at it.
“When I go into a game, I'm not thinking just offense. As long as you're taking good shots at the basket, I'm not worried about it, my teammates aren't worried about it. I'll keep taking those. I don't know many teams that will just leave me open as time goes on.”
Just the same, it's about time for the streak to end.
On deadline, I couldn't find the NBA record for consecutive misses. But Jacque Vaughn once missed his first 22 shots of a season. And Tim Hardaway once went 0-for-17 in a single game.
The Heat streak ended. Time for the Cold streak to do the same.
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