All-Star center plays with splint on finger

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks after missing four games with a dislocated right ring finger.

"We're running out of time and I need to get out there,"
Ilgauskas said.

Ilgauskas scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes in Cleveland's 95-89 loss to the Knicks.

The Cavaliers have four games left in their push to make the NBA
playoffs for the first time since 1998.

The club went 2-2 without Ilgauskas, who is averaging 17.2
points and 8.7 rebounds. While he was out, Robert Traylor started
and averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Ilgauskas played with a plastic splint on his finger, which
he dislocated three times in a two-week span. He tore a tendon away
from the bone in the finger, which prevented him from practicing
until Wednesday.