Is Doc Rivers right? Is Derek Fisher a flopper?
Count Celtics coach Doc Rivers as one person who won't be marching in the Derek Fisher appreciation parade that commenced Tuesday after the 14-year veteran scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers to a 91-84 Game 3 victory in the Finals.
When asked how Fisher was able to be so successful drawing fouls while being screened, Rivers replied: "What? Besides flopping? He doesn't do a lot extra.
"He plays hard. He's been in the game long enough to understand. I thought he got away with a lot last night. I thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going on and he finally showed that last one."
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Doc Rivers is right.
Derek Fisher - while not an all-time great flopper like, say, Manu Ginobili or Vlade Divac - is known to embellish. However, Rivers doesn't care that Fisher could serve as an honorary member of the Italian national soccer; deep down, he respects the veteran combo guard.
The Celtics sideline boss is using the media to lobby the refs for calls in game four. It's the game within the game. Every coach does it.
And Fisher's fine play in game three and reputation for embellishing contact caught Rivers' eye. Nothing more.
Is Rivers right? Is D-Fish is a flopper?