Pistons at Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET

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  • Veteran point guard Derek Fisher, 38, who signed with the Mavericks on Thursday, makes his season debut tonight. He won five NBA championships with the Lakers and adds a ton of experience and leadership, plus depth at the position with Darren Collison and Dominique Jones. “We like his physical strength. He’s been around. He’s done it,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “We just feel like he can enhance our team. Is he a cure-all? No. … But we feel like he’s going to help us.”
  • Collison is expected to return after missing one game with a sprained right middle finger.
  • Since 6-foot-11 forward Troy Murphy was released to make room for Fisher, Carlisle said the Mavericks will have to adjust and go smaller at the four. Fans can expect to see rookie Jae Crowder (6-6), Vince Carter (6-6), Shawn Marion (6-7) and Elton Brand (6-9) in the rotation at power forward.
  • During the Mavericks’ current three-game losing streak, leading scorer O.J. Mayo (19.8) has averaged just 9.3 points on 32.4 percent shooting and is 1-for-10 from 3-point range. Carlisle said he isn’t worried about the slump. “We just haven’t gotten him the ball as much. Teams are obviously keying on him more, and we’ve got to make those adjustments and find ways to get him better shots,” Carlisle said. “What I love about him is that he’s tough and he’ll compete. If I was in a fight, I’d want him on my team.”
  • Second-year Pistons point guard Brandon Knight struggled against the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley in last night’s 90-78 loss at Memphis, turning the ball over six times and finishing with 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting. “There’s a lot to learn about this position and it takes a long, long time. He has great want-to. He wants to get better,”  Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “There’s a lot to the position. The more experience he has, both good and bad, the more he’ll grow from it.”

–Dave Ivey

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