Finger injury latest setback for Dampier

Updated: February 17, 2010, 12:04 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier is out indefinitely after suffering an open dislocation of his right middle finger.

Dampier went to an Oklahoma City hospital immediately after the Mavericks' 99-86 loss Tuesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder to have the injury surgically repaired.

The injury occurred when Dampier challenged a Russell Westbrook layup with 2:54 remaining in the game. Dampier, who was called for a foul, rushed to Mavericks athletic trainer Casey Smith. Blood gushed out of the finger after the bone ripped through the skin.

"It was frustrating," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said after the new-look Mavs lost. "I'm not going to make excuses about the trade. Right now, I'm just concerned about Damp's situation."

Brendan Haywood, who was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Washington Wizards over the weekend, will replace Dampier in the starting lineup.

Dampier, who had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in the loss, has dealt with a variety of ailments during the season.

The 34-year-old center was rushed to a Detroit hospital on Nov. 15 after experiencing dizziness and numbness in his arm during pregame warmups. He missed eight games while undergoing a battery of tests to make sure it was not a life- or career-threatening condition.

Dampier has missed another six games since early January because of a left knee effusion, a condition that causes swelling and soreness. The Mavericks hoped that the All-Star break would allow him to fully recover from that condition.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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