Nowitzki 'not really worried' about hand injury

MIAMI (AP) - Holger Geschwindner is constantly refining the gameof his prodigy, Dirk Nowitzki, holding one-on-one sessions evenafter the big guy goes through practices with the Dallas Mavericks.

Their workout Wednesday afternoon featured a new challenge:playing the most important games of his career with a splint on thetip of his left middle finger.

Nowitzki insists it's no big deal. He woke up Wednesday withoutthrobbing or soreness in the torn tendon in his fingertip and hekeeps emphasizing that it's his non-shooting hand.

Still, this is the NBA finals. And his Dallas Mavericks arealready behind 0-1 going into Game 2 on Thursday night.

They need Nowitzki at his absolute best if they're going to eventhe series against the Miami Heat, and anything that involves tearsand splints can't help.

"If he gets hit, he's going to feel that," said teammateBrendan Haywood, who had the same injury last season. "At the sametime, he still made some great shots after he got hurt, so I don'tthink it'll be too much of a problem."

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