Jazz guard Fisher falls, has bruised pelvis

Updated: October 15, 2006, 10:01 AM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Utah guard Derek Fisher suffered a bruised pelvis after he fell during the first quarter of the Jazz's preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, a Jazz spokesperson told The Deseret News.

Fisher drove to the basket and collided with Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal while attempting a shot with 7:09 left in the quarter. Fisher, who was whistled for an offensive foul, hit his back and head on the floor.

He remained down for several minutes before being helped to the Jazz locker room. Jazz spokeswoman Cindy Edman said Fisher was taken to the hospital for additional X-rays of his pelvis after X-rays at Conseco Fieldhouse were unclear.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Fisher will be examined again Tuesday when the Jazz return to Salt Lake City.

Edman told The Deseret News of Salt Lake City that Fisher has a bruised pelvis, and that there was no immediate timetable for his return.

The loss of Fisher raises concerns about depth in Utah's young backcourt. Behind Fisher and Deron Williams are rookies Dee Brown and Brian Chase.

"That's a good question," Sloan told the Deseret News when asked if Brown and Chase are ready to handle more minutes. "I don't think either one of them is quite ready for that, because they still are struggling with what we're trying to do," he added.

"We'll just have to see how they can do if you put them out there. If not, we have to get a veteran player if that's the way it works," Sloan told the newspaper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.