• Every Derek Fisher Playoff Appearance, By Year
  • 2014

    At age 39, Fisher spent a good portion of the regular season filling in for an injured Russell Westrbook (who’s 14 years his junior) but has since fallen back to a supporting role. He averages 14.2 mpg and only attempts about four shots per game, which is about what Westbrook gets up before even breaking a sweat.

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  • 2013

    The vet drew all kinds of heat in Dallas, where he’d signed played nine games, then asked to be released because he missed his family in LA. Then popped up in Oklahoma City a little over a month later. IN their playoff run, Fisher became one of the first players fined for flopping under the league’s newly heightened policy. Fisher had to cut a $5000 check for diving on a play where then-teammate Kevin Martin simultaneously tried to flop, too, presumably because Fisher should’ve known better.

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  • 2012

    After negotiating to end the lockout (he was the Players Association prez), Oklahoma City brought Fish in as a veteran presence for their young locker room. The move paid off when Fisher helped propel the Thunder past San Antonio to make it to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Heat.

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  • 2011

    The Lakers got swept by eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semis, but the final game (known in Big D as the Mother’s Day Massacre) the Mavs hit a playoff-record 20 3-pointers was an ugly way to end Phil Jackson’s coaching career.

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  • 2010

    After Paul Pierce guaranteed that the Celtics-Lakers Finals wouldn’t return to LA, Fisher delivered this clutch layup in Game 3, over three Boston defenders to close out the win. The shot brought him to tears afterwards and the Lakers went on to win the series in seven.

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  • 2009

    Fisher again came up big with a pair of timely threes, including this one which forced OT in Game 4 of the Finals against Orlando en route to another title.

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  • 2007

    In that year’s conference semis Fisher flew back from daughter Tatum’s surgery to treat eye cancer arriving in the third quarter of Game 2 and hit a game-sealing three to give the Jazz the 2-0 series lead.

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  • 2004

    .4 seconds. Do we really need to explain this?

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  • 2003

    The elimination Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs had Fish and Kobe openly weeping on the bench.

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  • 2002

    Fish averaged 11.2 (41.3% from three) as the Lakers sealed the three-peat, sweeping the Nets.

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  • 2001

    Fisher set an NBA record with 15 three-pointers in the Lakers’ four-game semifinals sweep over San Antonio, before helping LA take down AI’s Sixers in five games.

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  • 2000

    In the Lake Show’s first year under Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher was a role player whose job it was to get take hammers from other team’s stars and leave the shooting to Robert Horry and Brian Shaw. Fisher only started 22 games all season but got his first ring that year.

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  • 1999

    He started Game 1 of the first-round series against the Barkley-led Rockets and had 20 points but Fisher’s job was mainly to take these talking-tos from Brian Shaw. The Lakers got swept by the Sacramento Kings in the next round.

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  • 1998

    It was close friend Nick Van Exel’s knee injury that gave Fisher his first opportunity. The fanbase didn’t much know about the reserve so local TV put together this introductory video package that trumpeted his “family values” and “work ethic.” This Sports Illustrated cover was pretty much the highlight of Fish’s run as LA got swept by Utah in the conference finals.

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  • 1997

    A rookie reserve, fresh-faced Fisher appeared in just six playoff  games. The Lake Show eventually lost that year in the conference semis (4-1) to the Jazz.

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Every game OKC advances to extends Derek Fisher’s NBA record for playoff appearances (he’s up to 247) and ever since he took former teammate Robert Horry’s spot in the history in Game 5 of OKC’s series against Memphis. Now that the Thunder are headed to the Western Conference Semis, D-Fish will surely pad that total. But Fisher’s streak isn’t really about numbers. He’s scored more than 2000 points and played over 6642 minutes, averaging a mere 8.5 ppg in postseason appearances for the Lakers, Jazz and Thunder. But the combo guard, drafted 24th out of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has so many iconic playoff moments throughout his career that despite minor figures, he’ll always be remembered for having major roles in all five of his championships. As he guns for a sixth, we looked back at every single postseason in which Fisher has hit the floor.

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