Posted by Royce Young
MIAMI -- Dirk Nowitzki revealed after the game that he tore a tendon in his left middle finger and will likely wear a splint for the remainder of the playoffs. X-rays on the finger however, were negative.
The injury happened when he stripped the ball from Chris Bosh. Dirk said following the injury, he couldn't straighten his finger.
"Well it was just a freaky play, "Nowitzki said. "Bosh got a bounce pass and I stepped in. I thought I stripped him clean and then I kind of looked down and I couldn't straighten my finger out anymore.
"I guess it will be all right. I have to wear a split probably for the rest of the playoffs, for a couple of weeks. But it will be all right. It's on my left hand, so I'll be all right for Thursday."
The Mavericks dropped Game 1 to the Heat 92-84 as Dirk struggled shooting the ball at his normally high percentage. Nowitzki went just 7-18 from the field and scored 27 points. But he never really was able to unleash his typically deadly mid-range game. Part of that was a credit to the defense played on him by Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh. And part of it was simply that Dirk wasn't able to get going.
Dirk was just 3-8 on jumpers for the game and only hit two shots outside of 15 feet. Though the injury likely didn't affect him really, I'm sure tearing a tendon in a finger -- even if it's an off-hand -- doesn't help things. Will it be a factor going forward? Players play through injuries all the time. Nobody has really slowed Dirk down all that much this postseason, so we'll see what kind of shot a torn tendon gives him.
LeBron isn't buying any kind of effect.
"Dirk is right handed," he said. "He's still going to make shots. He's still going to be great."