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Mike Brown plans to use Derek Fisher on Wednesday vs. Clippers

December 20, 2011 |  4:51 pm

Derek Fisher

After missing an intrasquad scrimmage and the Lakers' first preseason game, veteran guard Derek Fisher is expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition against the Clippers.

Fisher spent most of Tuesday practice's working on his shooting and didn't speak with reporters. But Coach Mike Brown said his final decision on playing Fisher hinges on how the 37-year-old's body felt after practice. Neither Brown nor Fisher have said the rest points to any specific injury. Instead, they have mentioned Fisher's need to catch up on his conditioning after labor negotiations this past summer disrupted his normal workout schedule.

Meanwhile, the Lakers' depth continues to be tested. Kobe Bryant was diagnosed with a sprained right wrist, though he practiced and later received treatment. Forward Devin Ebanks missed Wednesday's practice because of a sore right foot and is expected to have an MRI later Tuesday. Should Ebanks' injury turn out to be serious, Brown said he would start Matt Barnes again at small forward. Lakers reserve guard Steve Blake has a sore right knee after colliding with Clippers guard Chris Paul on Monday, but Blake is expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition. 


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Photo: Point guard Derek Fisher works on his jump shot at the end of the Lakers' first practice last week at their El Segundo training facility. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2011