Nowitzki still seeking best bandage for finger

June 2, 2011 - 1:59 PM
NBA Finals Dirks Finger Basketball

The injured left middle finger of Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, is wrapped with taped during basketball practice Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Miami. Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left middle finger during Game 1 of the NBA finals against the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MIAMI (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki tested at least a third different wrap of the splint on his injured left middle finger during a shootaround before Game 2 of the NBA finals.

Nowitzki tore the tendon in the top knuckle of the finger late in Game 1. The Mavericks star doesn't believe the injury will hinder him because he shoots with his other hand.

He said Thursday that he's not in pain and is just trying to find a wrap that protects the finger and still gives him a good feel for the ball.

Nowitzki said he was able to catch and dribble without much difficulty during practice Wednesday.

He scored six of his 27 points in the opener after the injury.