Thunder Vs. Lakers: Derek Fisher Returns To The Staples Center

Mar. 27, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates after hitting a shot during the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. The Thunder won the game 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

The Oklahoma City Thunder will tip off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Derek Fisher will return to the Staples Center for the first time since being traded earlier in March.

The Los Angeles Lakers will tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10:30 p.m. ET. While the game could have significant implications on the NBA playoff picture, the game is also a welcome back party for Derek Fisher, who was traded to the Thunder in March after spending 13 seasons playing in the Staples Center with the Lakers.

Though admittedly past his prime, Fisher should receive a warm welcome for his longtime service when he steps onto the court. His arrival in OKC actually kicked off the four-game winning streak the Thunder are currently enjoying, though he hasn't recorded more than five points and three assists in any outing yet. The team's success has more to do with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continuing to be one of the most effective offensive combinations in the league.

The Lakers have won three of their last four games, and appear to be on the uptick. They barely beat a struggling Golden State Warriors team, 104-101, on Tuesday night, however. Andrew Bynum was benched for the final nine minutes of the game after attempting, and missing, a 3-pointer. It's a bad time for drama for the Lakers, who only have 16 games left to possibly make up the 4.5-game difference between them and the second-place San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings.

For more on the Thunder, head over to Welcome to Loud City. For more on Los Angeles, please check out Silver Screen and Roll, SB Nation's Lakers blog. For more on this and every other NBA game, please head over to the SB Nation basketball hub page.

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.