Mavs' Nowitzki tears tendon in left index finger
MIAMI (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left middle finger during Game 1 of the NBA finals, and likely will wear a splint to protect it the rest of the series.
Nowitzki was hurt trying to swipe the ball from Miami's Chris Bosh during the fourth quarter of Dallas' 92-84 loss in the opener Tuesday night. Instead, a foul was called on the play and when he looked at his hand, "I couldn't straighten my finger our any more."
Nowitzki said an X-ray showed no broken bones.
"It was just a freaky play," Nowitzki said. "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, but made only 7 of 18 shots.
Overall, the Mavericks made 37.3 percent of their shots, worst of the postseason. So they're going to need Nowitzki to be as accurate as possible in Game 2 to keep the series from slipping away.
Nowitzki is right-handed, so he uses his left hand mostly to guide his shots. He said he doesn't expect the injury or the bandage to be much of an issue.
"He's right-handed," James said. "It won't affect him. He's still going to be great. He's still Dirk."