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.
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.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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