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OKC Thunder Q&A: Derek Fisher on new teammates -- 'I've continued to learn this team is mentally tough'

NBA veteran Derek Fisher discusses the differences with playoff basketball and what he's learned about his new teammates.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 2, 2012

The Thunder signed Derek Fisher as a free agent on March 21. Doing so gave Fisher roughly five weeks to get to know his new teammates before the playoffs began, which is when the 37-year-old's insight would become invaluable.

That time is now, and Fisher certainly has been an asset, particularly in Game 2 with 11 points, 5-for-6 shooting and some aggressive perimeter defense.

A quick Q&A with the five-time world champion, who on Thursday night against Dallas will play in his 212th postseason game:

What's the key to winning on the road in the playoffs?

Fisher: "There's a resolve in the pit of your stomach that you just have to have to win playoff games on the road. You're going to face everything there is to face in this game. You're going to get what you feel to be bad calls, especially no calls. The home team is going to go on a run. They're going to make shots. You may not play as well as you'd like to play, but there just has to be a belief deep within that no matter what, you're going to figure out a way. And we have an opportunity tomorrow night to take a crack at it."

The Thunder and Mavericks have gotten to know each other well. Too well, it seems.

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