Fisher Schools Loud, Whiny Celtics
So much for backing up the trash. The Celtics will be returning to Los Angeles next week, after all -- if they're fortunate, that is -- ending any concept of a Garden sweep and a quickie NBA championship with a 91-84 ego dent Tuesday night in Game 3. While coach Doc Rivers resumed his sideline officiating rants in the interview room, mentioning three times that calls killed his team, the cool Lakers were saluting a special veteran who again had defined the meaning of poise, class and guts. In what normally is a time for Kobe Bryant to explode and close out the opponents, it was Derek Fisher who delivered and won what so often has been the pivotal game in the Finals. If the Lakers become the 11th consecutive team to win a title after breaking a 1-1 series tie by winning the third game, we'll fondly recall Fisher's court-length dash and layup, how he floated a shot over three Boston defenders and crashed on the baseline while Bryant, Pau Gasol and other teammates hugged him.