Dirk Nowitzki: Finger 'not that sore'

Updated: June 2, 2011, 8:50 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki's injured finger on his non-shooting hand isn't as sore as he anticipated, giving him hope that he won't have to wear a splint for the remainder of the NBA Finals.

Nowitzki tore the tendon in his left middle finger when he was called for a foul after stripping the ball from Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh with 3:44 remaining in the Mavericks' Game 1 loss Tuesday night.

The finger above the top knuckle was bent at an awkward angle ...

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