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Mavs' Derek Fisher to miss at least the next three games

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The Mavs are about to get Dirk Nowitzki back, it seems. But right on cue, they're about to be down another starter.

The Mavericks announced Thursday that Derek Fisher will miss at least the team's next three games, beginning with Thursday night's game in Dallas against the Miami Heat, with a strained right patellar tendon. He injured the tendon in the first quarter of Tuesday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated next week, with no timetable for his return set.

Granted, it's just Derek Fisher. But considering how coach Rick Carlisle seems to view Darren Collison, it's a fairly substantial loss. Collison will likely get his chance again, but he has seemed to be in Carlisle's doghouse a bit.

"We have some depth at the point guard position, and it's going to have to be done by committee," Carlisle told reporters. "It's not as important who starts the game, but it's important how we approach it. We have guys that can do different things and bring different, positive things to the equation. [Fisher] played really well for us and helped us in a lot of different ways during that two-week period. We'll be without him for a while, and these other guys have to hold the fort."

Fisher, 38, is averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists per game but is shooting just 35.4 percent from the floor.

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