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Monday, October 20, 2008
Clippers' Davis will wear finger brace but should be ready for opener vs. Lakers

By J.A. Adande
ESPN.com

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis will not need surgery on his injured left ring finger, and a Clippers spokesman said he does not expect him to miss any regular season games.

Clippers spokesman Rob Raichlen said Davis is expected to resume all activities in a week. Davis will wear a brace on the finger, which was diagnosed as having a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

Davis injured the finger in practice Friday and did not play in the Clippers' two exhibition games over the weekend. Although an X-ray did not show a fracture, an MRI was inconclusive and Davis met with Dr. Roy Meals, a hand specialist at UCLA Medical Center, for further examination on Monday. A worst-case scenario -- a ruptured tendon -- would have required surgery and an absence of four to six weeks. But when Meals tested pain tolerance in the finger, Davis said there was none.

The Clippers have three preseason games this week and open the regular season Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Also, Marcus Camby, acquired from Denver during the offseason, has been sidelined with a bruised right heel and isn't expected to play in the Clippers' final three exhibition games. It's hoped he'll be able to go in the opener. Holdovers Chris Kaman (right ankle) and Tim Thomas (strained groin) have also missed playing time.

J.A. Adande joined ESPN.com as an NBA columnist in August 2007 after 10 years with the Los Angeles Times. Click here to e-mail J.A. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.