Lakers-Cavaliers: Christmas Day Embarrassment Must Serve As Lakers’ Wake Up Call

December 26th, 2009 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »
The masquerade is officially over.

There are many things one could have learned from the Lakers debacle against the Cavaliers earlier today, but one fact was made abundantly clear: The Lakers will not win another title with Derek Fisher in the starting lineup.

As unpopular as criticizing Fisher may be, the fact of the matter is that he’s become a liability that the Lakers can no longer afford. The evidence began surfacing during the Lakers’ championship run last year when Derek Fisher’s lackluster defense against the Rockets' speedy point guard Aaron Brooks nearly cost the Lakers the series.

We saw the same thing yesterday. Despite Fisher’s inadequate speed, his refusal to sag off of Mo Williams led to Williams’ penetrating into the paint, where he would either score or set a teammate up for a score virtually every time.

Last year, Fisher was able to redeem himself in the Finals with a clutch three-point shot in the closing seconds of game four’s fourth quarter, capping off a late Laker rally and sending the game into overtime, which ultimately boosted the Lakers to an insurmountable 3-1 series lead.

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