Lakers guard Derek Fisher has been suspended for one game, by the NBA, for his body check of Houston forward Luis Scola in Game 2, the Daily News has learned.
Fisher spoke with the media Thursday before he learned of the suspension, but said he’d spoken earlier with NBA security to explain his actions.
“I shared with the league what my thoughts were about the play and I’m confident they’ll at least be able to take what I said in a genuine and sincere manner,” Fisher said.
“I still have to respect their decision as we all will, but I’ve played this game for a long time and I’ve made a point not to involve myself in anything that’s personal or based solely in retaliation, I just go out and play hard.”
With Fisher suspended, the Lakers will likely start either Jordan Farmar or Shannon Brown in Game 3.
“I think all the guys on the team are prepared to do whatever it is they need to do. If in the lineup, or I’m not,” Fisher said. “I personally am extremely confident in Jordan and Shannon’s ability to hold down our lead guard position and make the plays necessary to win the game.”