NBA Finals 2011: Dirk Nowitzki Injury Update
NBA Finals 2011: Will Nowitzki Be Hindered By Injured Finger?
The big question going into tonight’s game two of the NBA Finals is regarding Dirk Nowitzki and the injured middle finger on his left hand.
The injury is on his non-shooting hand which is important to note, but as quoted on this thread and multiple other sources earlier, Nowitzki does wonder how it will affect the non-shooting parts of his game.
Obviously taking care of the injury during the games had to be a huge concern for the Dallas Mavericks, and Jarrod Rudolph of Real GM Basketball quotes Nowitzki’s thoughts on the process and the upcoming game.
To assure Nowitzki’s comfort, the Mavericks are planning on trying a few different things to help their star cope before Game 2 and maintain his effectiveness during the crucial game.
“I have this splint on for now,” he said. “I think we're going to play around with some other stuff. Try tape, or try a splint from the back so I can feel the ball and not lose grip of the ball.”
The task of getting Nowitzki ready is difficult because there is no way to prepare for each game situation he’ll see. A situation that will surely arise is how the finger responds to in-game contract. Another is whether the Heat players will target the All-Star’s finger during the game. Heat players maintain they won’t, Nowitzki doesn’t seem concerned if they do.
“I'm really not worried about that much,” he said. “If they do, I have to fight through it. This is not my first injury I've played through in my career. And I'm not really worried about it. I think once the game starts, the adrenaline starts flowing, I don't think it will really slow me down much.”
Obviously this injury is going to play a key role in tonight’s game, but either way stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the up to date information, analysis and opinions you could want on the 2011 NBA Finals, and of course the world of sports.
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