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The fickle finger of Dirk Nowitzki's fate

How much or how little it bothers him will play a big role in Thursday's Game 2

Originally Published: June 2, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Every shooter in the world has a story about a sprained or dislocated digit, a pinkie or ring or index finger that required a splint or special tape job. So going into Game 2 of the NBA Finals, there is no shortage of opinion about Dirk Nowitzki's middle finger, the one on his left hand with the torn tendon that he'll try to protect with a little splint Thursday night, the one that will either be completely unaffected or hamper Nowitzki in some tangible way, depending on whom you believe.

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