When he entered the game late in the first quarter on Saturday night, Derek Fisher made some playoff history.
It marked the 244th postseason game of his career, tying him with former teammate Robert Horry for the most in NBA history.
“Only when I'm asked about it or someone mentions it do I really think about just how crazy it is to me,” Fisher said. “Just never having imagined not just being in the NBA but just to have the history of experiencing the opportunities I've been blessed to have.”
But regardless of the record, Fisher’s focus remains on a bigger goal.
“The reason why my number is No. 6 is because I don't want to wake up from the dream,” Fisher said. “I want it to keep going. So regardless of how many games in the playoffs I've played in, the only thing that matters is we figure out a way to win 16 of them this year and then I'll think about the number after that.”
Thunder rookie Andre Roberson has been inactive for the playoffs, but during the season he made 16 starts in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha and provided energy and defense. Might Memphis pest Tony Allen provide a good model for Roberson’s career?
“Andre’s a developing player, and he’s going to continue to develop,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He’s only been with us for eight or nine months now. It’s something we’ll continue to work on throughout his career.
“Tony Allen does play his role at a high level. He’s one of the best defenders, he’s one of the best cutters and offensive rebounders, one of the best for his position. He’s done a great job of impacting this series.”
These playoffs have been marked by close finishes and upsets. Going into the Thunder-Grizzlies game Saturday night, road teams were 14-11. Going into Sunday games, the only higher-seeded teams leading a series are the Heat and Clippers.
“We’ve talked about that all year,” Brooks said. “NBA players are good. They’re all over the league. NBA teams are good. The series are just great to watch. You didn’t want to get on the bus (Saturday) because you wanted to finish the Dallas-San Antonio game.”
With the Thunder bench struggling in Games 2 and 3, there were some calling for the reappearance of Jeremy Lamb.
But Brooks remained with his regular reserve rotation — and they performed well — not going to Lamb for the third straight game.
“Everybody has to be read,” Brooks said. “He’s definitely on our team, (one of) 13 guys. If I call him, he has to step up and play. I have confidence in all the guys right now. “
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Serge Ibaka’s dunk with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter gave the a six-point lead, its biggest since Game 1. OKC’s biggest lead in Game 2 was two, in Game 3 was four.
Game 5 is in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Tip is at 8 p.m. CT.