Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Has a Torn Tendon in Finger

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

It’s a fairly well-understood rule of thumb in these NBA Finals: for the Mavericks to have any sort of chance at winning this thing, Dirk Nowitzki needs to have a monster, all-time type of performance throughout the series.

For that to happen, it would help if the big German was completely healthy.

Unfortunately for Dallas, Game 1 ended in a loss last night, and to make matters worse, Nowitzki revealed that he has a torn a tendon in the middle finger of his non-shooting hand.

Dirk doesn’t sound too concerned about the injury; he says that he’ll wear a splint for the remainder of the series.

From the Star-Telegram:

With 3:44 remaining in the game, Chris Bosh came barreling down the lane and Nowitzki thought he got a clean swipe at the ball. Nowitzki was whistled for a foul on the play, and Bosh buried the two free throws to provide the Heat with a 79-73 lead. Nowitzki, however, wound up tearing a tendon in his left middle finger on the play, although he did not leave the game. X-rays were negative and Nowitzki plans to wear a splint on the finger on his non-shooting hand for the duration of this series.

“It was just a freaky play,” Nowitzki said. “Bosh got a bounce pass and I stepped in. I thought I stripped him clean and then I kind of looked down and I couldn’t straighten my finger out any more. So I tore a tendon in there.” Nowitzki, though, is optimistic the injury won’t affect him the rest of this series. “I guess it will be all right,” he said. “I have to wear a splint probably for the rest of the playoffs – for a couple of weeks – but I will be all right. It’s on my left hand, so I’ll be all right for Thursday.”

The Mavs shot a Playoff-worse 37% from the field in the series’ opening game, and their celebrated bench was completely taken out by the Miami Heat’s defense.

When asked about Dirk’s injury, LeBron James dismissed the idea that it will slow him down, and James is probably right. What remains to be seen is if Nowitzki’s teammates will show up when it matters most the rest of the way.

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Well, if Dallas loses, he can always stick up his other middle finger at the Heat if he so chooses.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    In the eternal words of Dr. Elliot Reid of ‘Scrubs’ lore: frickin frick!

  • Eddie1

    Illuminati. Nuff said. Anyone want to play me in NBA2k11?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    do like Kobe and get over it

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Well, Mike Miller was Humpty Dumpty. There’s still pieces of his shoulder on the AAA floor.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Rajon Rondo says ” So What”!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @Eddie1 on wich console?

  • Eddie1

    @Max PS3 you jerk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    What’s your name?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I think Eddie keeps saying Illuminati because that’s his SN for NBA2k11? And way to make me read a post about Dirk’s non shooting-hand by not telling me it was his non-shooting hand in the title.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    ps18 hahaha

  • vtrobot

    I thought you stripped him clean too, Dirk. Heat were beastly at the end again. Dallas has work to do.

  • T-Money

    Cheryl: Mike Miller is such a good rebounder, it’s actually weird lol. I knew he had good rebounding numbers for a perimeter player but yesterday he actually boxed out Chandler and secured a rebound lol. Not a lot of guards that can do that.

  • Eddie1

    Sony went under and was bought out by samsung in 2015. PS3 was the last console. PS4 was scrapped. Y’all can stop postulatin, Miami will win this in 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^ Whats your psn?
    So we can play
    Past VS future

  • O

    The Heat are catching all the breaks (literally) since the playoffs started. Rondo’s arm, Boozer’s game, and now Dirk’s finger. They’re destined to win it all this year.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    PS18! Ha!


    Torn tendon in finger WOW. Here comes the drama. This is almost as bad as Kobe right ? Poor Digler. Crawfish – if he hurt his only remaining finger then Dirk should stick up both of his middle toes screamin’ F#(k Yall !! right ? Dirk knows what’s commin , he knows he’s about to be manhandled so hes just preparing coz Bron & the Heat bout to tare him something else as well, a new a$$ h01£.

  • alphabetaherculis

    If Mavs lose this series, watch Cuban jump out his G5 in midair without a parachute.

  • ohgeefreeks310

    eddie1 add meeeeeeeeeee WS727

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    You can always count on The Philosopher Lol

  • bike

    This is way more serious than Dirk is letting on. That particular finger, his middle finger, is the one he scratches himself with. Dirk is plagued with a common, often embarrassing, condition termed puritus ani.

  • baykusreyiz

    like a bosh


    Everybody gets a numb finger once in a while , especially after going out with B.C’s girlfriend right eboy ? :-)