Game 2 Of NBA Finals Tonight
Will LeBron James and the Miami Heat take a commanding 2-0 lead? Or will Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks steal a pivotal game on the road? And what's the latest on Dirk Nowitzki's injured finger? Game 2 of the NBA Finals will tip-off at 8:00 tonight in Miami. Here is more on Game 2 from the AP and espn.com, followed by more blogging from Scott.
Nowitzki took the practice court wearing a splint to keep the finger straight and figures it'll be mostly a nuisance for the next month or two. He and shooting coach Holger Geschwindner were planning their own workout later Wednesday to see which moves Nowitzki can and can't make and to come up with ways to compensate, starting with Game 2 of the NBA finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Dirk will be fine. He's played through injuries before. Had it been on his shooting hand, then it would be the story of the NBA Finals. It's being overblown because it's the NBA Finals. Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers had the same injury to his non shooting hand in December of 2008. Four days later he scored a career-high 52 points.
The real worry for the Mavericks is the play of their bench. In particular, Jason Terry and JJ Barea. Terry struggled to find his shot in the second half of Game 1, while Barea was 1-8 from the field. Both performances were uncharacteristic of what they have shown throughout the postseason.
The Miami Heat got zero points from two of their starters in Game 1 (Joel Anthony, Mike Bibby), but it didn't matter. As long as the other three starters of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are productive on offense, it won't matter what Anthony or Bibby do.
Tip-off tonight from American Airlines Arena in Miami is set for 8:00.