OKC Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher in 'unique' spot watching the Lakers

Because Lakers-Nuggets series has changed so much in the last few days, Fisher has started watching Denver's tendencies in case it advances to play Oklahoma City.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: May 11, 2012

Derek Fisher's strange season continues.

The reserve Thunder point guard is now in the odd position of watching his former Los Angeles Lakers teammates compete in a first-round series against Denver that has now gone seven games. Even more unusual is that a Lakers win in Game 7 will mean Fisher will have to play his old teammates in the second round two months after being a mainstay of the Lakers.

What's it all like for Fisher?

“It's obviously a unique position,” he said. “I very rarely watched the Lakers play an opposing team. It's been maybe two other times in my career. But at the same time, I'm watching it with the same perspective of that could possibly be the next team that we face. And so I'm watching tendencies, I'm watching things that I want to utilize if we do happen to match up with them.”

But Fisher's outlook has changed now that the Nuggets have stormed back to tie the series at three games apiece after trailing 3-1.

“Because that series has changed so much in the last few days, (Thursday) night I started to watch more of what the Nuggets are doing out there on the floor and their tendencies and what their guys like to do,” Fisher said. “So it's been weird all the way around. But I feel like I'm in the good position of being on that team that no matter who it is come Monday night, we're going to have to be ready to go.”

WELCOMING WORLD PEACE

After serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing James Harden, Lakers forward Metta World Peace will now rejoin the team for Saturday's Game 7 against Denver.

Many analysts have said World Peace could be the difference-maker the Lakers need to close out the series. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant even said following L.A.'s Game 6 loss at Denver that World Peace is “the one guy I can rely on night in and night out to compete and play hard and play with that sense of urgency, play with no fear. I'm looking forward to having that on my side again.”

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