Rivers: Fisher a really good flopper
BOSTON -- 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."
"He's good at it, he's always been good at it," Rivers said. "We knew that going into the series. He's one of the best charge takers in the game. He's always been that. And some of them are charges and then some of them are flops, but all of them are tough to call. It is a brutal call to make; it really is a tough one.
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"But as far as the off-the-ball action, single double action, you are not allowed to hold. You're not allowed to bump and you're not allowed to impede progress. I read that this morning, and I'm positive of it. So you know, when that happens, it has to be called."
Fisher said he is able to draw as many offensive fouls as he does because of the nature of the players who he is guarding.
"Guys that I play against every night are involved in 30, sometimes 40 different actions, screen rolls, screens, back picks," Fisher said. "So if three times out of 40 there's an offensive foul called, it's not that I've done anything spectacular necessarily to draw the foul. I just think that because I'm in that situation so many times in a game, you know, there are just times when the referee sees it and makes the call and then there are other times where it's still an illegal screen, they just didn't see it or didn't call it and that's just a part of the game."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that Allen was so successful in Game 2, going 8-for-11 on 3-pointers, partially because of how the officials allowed him to elude Fisher's defense through contact.
"[Allen] was able to go both ways be walking Fish into a position where he was taken off balance," Jackson said. "So he couldn't hold his ground, he had to give ground because he was getting called for a foul ... Allen had either way to go off the screens, and we wanted to go one direction and we wanted to hold that position. We wanted to be able to have a defensive position, allow the defensive player and the offensive player, not dislodge the defensive player, which is part of the rules."
Boston has been called for nine more personal fouls through three games than Los Angeles has and an irritated Rivers said that he sent "a lot" of video to the league offices pointing out what he perceived as moving picks set by the Lakers.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fisher has drawn 20 offensive fouls in the playoffs, more than any other player this postseason -- second and third are Boston's Glen Davis (11) and Paul Pierce (10).
During the regular season, Fisher drew 48 offensive fouls, which tied him for fifth in the league. (Jared Jeffries, who split his season with New York and Houston, drew an NBA-high 59 in 2009-10.)
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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