All-Star center plays with splint on finger

Updated: April 14, 2005, 10:53 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Center
Cleveland Cavaliers
Profile
2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
73 17.2 8.7 1.3 .461 .810
"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.


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