Dirk Nowitzki tests finger in pregame

June, 2, 2011
6/02/11
6:51
PM CT
MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki caught passes and dribbled with the left hand that has a torn tendon in the middle finger in pregame warmups leading to Thursday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Nowitzki was wearing a splint covered by white tape as he received passes and took shots.

He injured the finger toward the end of Game 1 when he tried to strip the ball from Chris Bosh. Nowitzki said he doesn't think the finger will be a problem and indicated Thursday morning that he would try two different splints before settling on one by game time.

Nowitzki scored 27 points on 7-of-18 shooting in Game 1. He made four foul shots and missed two jumpers after the injury.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2