Metta World Peace dislocates finger

Updated: October 22, 2012, 11:12 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace suffered a dislocated middle finger on his right hand in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 99-92 preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

The injury occurred when World Peace came from the weak side to strip the ball away from the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins as he prepared to go up with it on the baseline, just one possession after World Peace hit a 3-pointer to put L.A. up by one with 2:57 remaining. He played through the injury and got his finger taped after the game.

World Peace is not expected to miss any playing time, however he could wear a splint on the finger when the Lakers play their next preseason game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It's just like when you hit your funny bone," World Peace said. "It's just annoying."

The Lakers had another injury scare Sunday when Steve Nash turned his right ankle following a collision with the Kings' Isaiah Thomas.

Nash briefly exited the game to have his ankle re-taped by Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, but was able to return, playing the final 8:46 of the fourth quarter.

"It really hurt at first, and it's just sore now," said Nash. "I don't think I really injured it. It's just sore."

Nash said that he did not anticipate missing any playing time and said he needs the Lakers' two remaining preseason games to get acclimated to playing with new teammates in a new offense.

"I need some time to play," Nash said. "I didn't play basketball a lot this summer. So, I stayed in shape, but I just need reps. More than anything I need time with my teammates getting an understanding for them and the offense."

Dave McMenamin

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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