Dirk Nowitzki destroyed a tendon in his left middle finger in Game 1 of the NBA finals, and probably will put on a splint to protect it the rest of the series.
Nowitzki was harmed when he tried to steal the ball from Chris Bosh of Miami throughout the fourth quarter of Dallas’ with a score of 92-84 loss in the opening Tuesday night. Right away, a foul was called on the play and when he looked at his hand, “I couldn’t straighten my finger any more.”
An X-ray confirmed no broken bones on his hand, according to him.
Nowitzki said, “It was just a freaky play. I have to wear a splint probably for the rest of the playoffs, for a couple of weeks. But it will be all right.”
Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points in the opener, yet made just 7 of 18 shots.
Generally, the Mavericks ended with 37.3 percent of their shots, most horrible of the postseason. Nowitzki is very much needed in the team to be as exact as possible in Game 2 to keep the series from slipping away.
Nowitzki is right-handed and to support his shots he uses his left hand frequently. He does not expect the injury or the bandage to be much of a concern.
LeBron James said, “He’s right-handed. It won’t affect him. He’s still going to be great. He’s still Dirk.”
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