He was drafted No. 24 by the Lakers in 1996 as a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Arkansas-Little Rock, 11 picks behind Kobe Bryant. No one envisioned the big shots that would culminate his four championships with Los Angeles, and that they would keep coming two months from his 36th birthday. So writes SI.com’s Ian Thomsen of Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who finished with 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter in a Game 3 win over Boston. The Celtics and Lakers meet again tonight for Game 4, the highlight (all times Eastern) on a day that also features Phillies pitching ace Roy Halladay.
-World Cup Preview(7 p.m., ESPN2)
It’s a three-hour preview show (re-aired from earlier this morning) from ESPN’s studio location inside the International Broadcast Center (IBC) overlooking Soccer City in Johannesburg. The program will feature all of ESPN’s FIFA World Cup studio analysts and analyze every Group as play kicks off Friday.
-Marlins at Phillies (7:00, MLB Network)
The last time Halladay (8-3, 2.03 ERA) faced the Marlins, he threw the 20th perfect game (on May 29) in MLB history. We’ll see what the righthander has in store for Florida tonight at home.
-Lakers at Celtics (9:00 pm, ABC)
Ray Allen, who had 32 points in Game 2, missed all 13 field goal attempts – one shy of the NBA finals futility record – in a tough Game 3 loss. All eyes will be on the Boston guard tonight as the Celtics look to avoid a third loss in the series.
BY THE NUMBERS
years between Stanley Cups for the Blackhawks. Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia clinched its first NHL title since 1961.
years since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup.
Regular season coaching record of Avery Johnson in Dallas from 2004 to 2008.
Johnson’s coaching record in the playoffs