DALLAS -- It goes without question that coach Rick Carlisle has all the confidence in the world that new point guard Derek Fisher will be a big plus to his offense.
"I know he’s going to help us,'' Carlisle said after this morning's shoot around at American Airlines Center. "I can’t quantify exactly how statistically or in the locker room.
"But I know he’s going to be a plus for us -- a positive force for us.''
Fisher will play -- perhaps even start -- in his first game for the Mavs tonight at 8 when they entertain the Detroit Pistons. Carlisle said Fisher has already absorbed "quite a bit'' of the Mavs' offense.
"He’s a veteran, he's been in a lot of systems,'' Carlislse said. "He's picking things up quickly.''
Fisher knows a lot is expected of him. But he cautioned that he's not here to carry the entire load for the Mavs, who are 7-9 on the season.
"We all have individual responsibilities and accountability every time we come to work,'' Fisher said. "So I don’t want to overdo the “I’m coming in to right everybody else,’ as though guys aren’t doing what they need to do.
"I want to be a part of a good group of guys. I think there are high character guys here, but we want
to win games. And so whatever hat I need to put on for us to figure out how to win games, that’s the hat I’m going to wear.''
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