Late in the fourth quarter of last night’s game, Dirk Nowitzki tried to strip the ball from Chris Bosh. He ended up getting called for a foul and tearing a tendon in his left middle finger. That’s what he gets for playing defense.
And while you’d think a torn tendon, even on a non-shooting hand, would be a big deal, you’d be wrong. Dirk doesn’t care. He’s just going to splint it and be OK. From the AP:
“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.”
Nowitzki is right-handed, so he uses his left hand mostly to guide his shots. He said he doesn’t expect the injury or the bandage to be much of an issue.
Sure. That makes sense. It’s just a left hand, no big whoop. Dirk’s fine with it, so that’s cool.
In fact, it’s so cool, the Heat don’t even think anything of it.
“He’s right-handed,” [LeBron] James said. “It won’t affect him. He’s still going to be great. He’s still Dirk.”
Yeah, OK. Fine. I guess this is the least important injury to a team’s star player since Kobe Bryant had to play with a tiny mummy on his right hand. You would think that fingers would be important in the NBA, but no one seems to pay them any mind. They’re only the last thing that touches the ball any time it leaves your hands, after all.
Never mind about Dirk’s torn finger tendon, I guess. Dirk and LeBron don’t care about it, so I guess we shouldn’t either. Just get used to Dirk inadvertently giving everyone the finger since that’s apparently the only consequence of tearing a tendon in a non-shooting hand. Fair outcome, as far as I can tell.