Posted by Royce Young
Monday's game between the Lakers and Mavericks was definitely strange. The two teams combined for just 143 points, the Lakers scored only seven points in the third quarter and Kobe Bryant passed on a game-winning shot attempt.
With the game tied 70-70 with nine seconds left, Kobe held the ball at the top of the key and swung it to an open Derek Fisher standing behind the 3-point line. With no hesitation, Fisher launched and nailed the go-ahead game-winning 3. This is after Kobe had gone for 40 or more in four straight games. Yet in this one, he finished just 7-22 from the floor for 14 points. So he deferred, which is not something you say often.
Was it the right play? Yeah, because it worked out. But in all honesty, what would you rather have: A deep Fisher 3, or a tough contested mid-range jumper from Kobe? Passing to the open man tends to be the smart basketball play and it was Monday because Fisher's shot went in. If not, then Kobe looks like an idiot for taking the ball out of his own hands.
And get this: Fisher scored nine of the Lakers' last 13 points. A strange night at Staples indeed.