Thunder veteran Derek Fisher played his final regular season game in San Antonio on Wednesday night, a place where he has many memories.
And on his personal website, where he is blogging experiences from his final NBA season, Fisher shared some thoughts on his most memorable moment in the Alamo — the game-winning 0.4-second shot to beat the Spurs in the 2004 playoffs.
“Going into the timeout after Tim (Duncan)'s shot, my mind was racing,” Fisher wrote. “I was thinking to myself, ‘OK. We still have a chance to win this game. Something can happen.' But at the same time, I was super frustrated with how we even got ourselves into that position.
“But I didn't give up on the game. I still felt like something crazy could happen. So I was trying to focus in on what Phil Jackson was saying during the timeout. You just have to play the game until there are zeros on the clock. Obviously, I didn't know what was about to happen, but that's just always the way I played the game.”
DURANT ANSWERS TWITTER QUESTIONS
Kevin Durant hopped online Thursday afternoon and sent out a request for Twitter questions. He got a ton and answered a handful. Here's what we learned:
*When asked who'd win a 3-point contest between he and Steph Curry, Durant said, “Steph any day, best shooter to ever play.”
*On Richard Sherman's postgame rant, Durant said, “I love his passion, he is a dog.”
*Durant's thoughts on his recent “Slim Reaper” nickname that is being pushed online: “I like KD better.”
*When asked about his funniest teammate, Durant said Steven Adams “by far.”
DURANT FOCUSES ON MINUTE DETAILS
Before Wednesday's game in San Antonio, Durant was asked how he stayed so focused during the dog days of the NBA season.
As a player, and team, so focused on winning a championship, did he ever find it difficult to avoid daydreaming about May and June?
“If you ask any professional athlete, you honor the process, honor the journey,” Durant said. “You appreciate it. You can't get to June or May without going through December, January, February. So we know that. We know how long that takes.
“Everybody on the outside always thinks about championships, finals, playoffs. But you gotta honor it by coming into work every single day in January to get better.”
FISHER ON DURANT
Also on his personal website, Fisher blogged his thoughts about Durant's recent hot streak.
“Oddly enough, I think that losing Russell (Westbrook) in the playoffs last year prepared Kevin for the season that he's having now,” Fisher wrote. “It heightened his awareness of what it is that he needs to do to make our team special, whether Russell is there or not.
“That's what I think has really catapulted him to an even higher level than he performed at last year. He's doing everything that needs to be done in order to really help carry our team to the level we're capable of reaching. He's had a great season, and I don't see any reason why he'd slow down.”
STAT OF THE DAY
The Thunder has been a spotty 3-point shooting team all season. But as of late, OKC has been on an uptick. In its recent wins over the Spurs and Blazers, the Thunder went a combined 20-of-33 from deep, jumping its season clip to 35.3 percent, 18th in the NBA.
The Thunder, at 33-10, sits alone atop the Western Conference. The Spurs (32-10) are a half-game back, and the Blazers (31-11) are 1.5 games back. Indiana, the East's top seed at 33-8, holds a one-game advantage on the Thunder for best record in the NBA.