Derek Fisher had to leave the Dallas Mavericks' game last night against the Philadelphia 76ers after hurting his knee. The injury came in first quarter when his shot was blocked by Evan Turner. Fortunately, the knee injury does not appear serious despite Fisher being unable to return for the rest of the game.
Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News says Fisher was diagnosed with a strained right knee. He was able to walk off the court under his own power when the injury occurred, but he was not able to return to the game. Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't think the injury is serious, but Fisher will be evaluated further today.
“He’ll have an MRI [on Wednesday] to determine the severity of it. He’s walking and stuff, so at this point, it doesn’t look like a serious situation. I hope it’s day to day, but it’s yet to be determined. The next day, sometimes it’ll feel a lot worse. And sometimes it won’t.”Fisher just recently signed with the Mavericks after starting the season without a team. He has been surprisingly healthy throughout his NBA career, so it would be surprising to see him miss an extended period of time with this injury.
Fisher has averaged 8.6 points per game and 3.6 assists per game. His points per game are right in line with his career average of 8.6. The Mavericks signed Fisher to bolster their point guard position and give themselves a little depth. Darren Collison played the majority of the minutes after Fisher's injury.