Derek Fisher injury: Mavericks' guard out at least 3 games

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Mavericks veteran guard Derek Fisher will miss time to recover from a knee injury.

Dallas Mavericks' point guard Derek Fisher will miss at least three games with a right knee injury, the team announced Thursday.

The veteran guard has a patellar tendon strain in his right knee which he suffered in the first quarter of the Mavs' win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. After an MRI on Wednesday, it appears the injury may be more serious than the team originally expected.

Fisher has played in nine games since signing a free-agent deal with the Mavericks three weeks ago. The 16-year veteran has started all nine games, averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists in 25.4 minutes per contest. Fisher was brought aboard after point guard struggles and a finger injury to Darren Collison made the position a weakness for the team.

The time off for Fisher could hardly be more inopportune for the Mavericks, as their next three opponents (Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs) have a combined record of 52-20.

This post first appeared on SB Nation.

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