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NBA Finals 2011: Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki Tears Tendon in Left Middle Finger

MIAMI, FL - MAY 31:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks drives on Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter in Game One of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on May 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Todd HawkinsCorrespondent IJune 1, 2011

To add insult to injury, Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left middle finger during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss of the NBA finals.

Thankfully for Dallas, the injury occurred to his non-shooting hand and x-rays have revealed no broken bones.

Nowitzki sustained the injury during the fourth quarter while trying to swipe the ball away from Miami's Chris Bosh upon receiving a bounce-pass.

After thinking he stripped the ball clean, Nowitzki immediately looked down at his finger and was unable to straighten it. 

“It was just a freaky play,” Nowitzki said. “I have to wear a splint probably for the rest of the playoffs, for a couple of weeks. But it will be all right.”

As if it isn't hard enough to take down three NBA superstars, the last thing Dallas needs is to have their lone superstar banged up. 

Nowitzki may have felt the effects of the injury in the fourth quarter when he went up with his left hand for a layup, only to have it roll off the rim.  But don't expect to hear any excuses from Dirk over the injury anytime soon. 

Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points on seven of 18 shots from the field. He will more than likely have to play with a splint covering the left middle finger for the remainder of the series.

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