Lakers exploit Parker's shortcoming

Updated: May 17, 2004, 2:12 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Winning cures everything, from the bottom of Rasheed Wallace's aching feet to the tip of Ron Artest's mangled fingers.

Winning in the playoffs means Derek Fisher, a point guard averaging 1.5 assists per game this postseason, will be forever remembered for his 0.04 heroics, instead.

But what if the Detroit Pistons had been eliminated Sunday night? What if the Indiana Pacers lose Tuesday night to force a Game 7 against a team that won 19 fewer games than they did during the regular season? What if Fisher's shot had rimmed out with the contracts of four Laker starters and the head coach about to expire?

Well, then we'd have a whole different list of 2004 semifinal playoff casualties, scapegoats and disappearing acts, wouldn't we?

Here they are in reverse alphabetical order.

At least that's how they did it when cutting players during high school.