Dirk Nowitzki to wear splint for Game 2
MIAMI -- While it shouldn't be a surprise that Dirk Nowitzki will play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with a torn tendon in his left middle finger, the Dallas Mavericks forward plans on wearing a splint Thursday night to protect it.
Nowitzki injured the finger while trying to steal the ball from Miami forward Chris Bosh toward the end of Game 1, and tape was used to cover the finger at the end of the game.
Nowitzki will look at two different splints before settling on one before Game 2.
"I'm not really worried about it," Nowitzki said before the Mavericks' shootaround on Thursday morning. "We'll try something right before the warm-ups. The main thing is when you hold the ball in that hand, so I don't really want to put too much tape over it. I still like to feel it, and we'll find something to protect it from the back."
Nowitzki scored 27 points in 40 minutes in Game 1. After he injured the finger, Nowitzki made four free throws and took two shot attempts.
Most of his teammates don't seemed too concerned about the injury.
"He looked fine," forward Shawn Marion said Thursday morning. "Looked the same as he always does."
Said coach Rick Carlisle: He's going to play, and he's not going to complain about it."
Calvin Watkins is covering the NBA Finals for ESPNDallas.com.