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Derek Fisher to sit out at least three games for Mavericks

Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 18: Derek Fisher #6 of the Dallas Mavericks is helped off the court after an injury during play against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Center on December 18, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Derek Fisher has been getting a lot of run at the point for Dallas — 27.9 minutes a night. And that he’s getting that while shooting 35.5 percent, turning the ball over on nearly 15 percent of the possessions he uses and not defending all that well — speaks to just what coach Rick Carlisle thinks of Darren Collison.

But Collison is going to get a boost in minutes because a right patellar tendon strain is going to keep Fisher out Thursday night and a few games after that, tweets Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

Mavs announce that Derek Fisher will miss at least three games and be re-evaluated next week.

— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 20, 2012

What really matters in Dallas is that Dirk Nowitzki is practicing with the team and getting closer to a return. That — along with O.J. Mayo’s three point shooting — are the key to the rest of the Mavs season, not which guy is playing poorly at point guard.