Lakers’ Derek Fisher sent home with a sinus ailment

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The Lakers sent Derek Fisher home from practice today because of a sinus illness. His participation in Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns wasn’t clear, but when asked if he expected Fisher to play, coach Mike Brown said, “I think so, but I don’t know.”

The 37-year-old Fisher has played in 524 consecutive regular-season games, including 402 straight starts, the longest active streaks in the NBA. He hasn’t missed a game since the 2004-05 season while with the Golden State Warriors.

Fisher played only 18 minutes, 34 seconds in the Lakers’ victory Tuesday over the Hawks, scoring three points on 1-for-4 shooting with three rebounds and three assists. He hasn’t played more than 19 minutes in either of the last two games.

Steve Blake could be asked to play even bigger minutes than the 29:26 he played during Tuesday’s game. Blake scored only five points on 2-for-5 shooting, but also had a team-leading six assists plus three rebounds.

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