Maggette sidelined after dislocating ring finger
Warriors forward Corey Maggette won't return until after this weekend's All-Star break because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.
Though he's been shut down by the team's medical staff, Maggette still showed up to Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, saying, This is still my team."
Maggette suffered the injury diving for a loose ball in the first quarter of Saturday's loss to Oklahoma City. He continued to play after head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour popped his finger back into its socket. Maggette said he had to pop it back in himself five times the rest of the game.
"If you would've seen my face," Maggette said, recalling the agony. "My mom was like, 'I have never seen you in pain like that.'"
Maggette has two reasons he really wants to play, though he said he wouldn't have been able to play against Dallas. His former team, the Los Angeles Clippers faces the Warriors on Wednesday, and with a devious smile, Maggette said he would be tempted to try to play if his finger feels better. He also acknowledged he probably would make the injury worse by continuing to play.
Not playing until after the All-Star break would give Maggette a week to rest his finger before next Monday's practice. The finger is swollen and in a splint, and even a long rest won't guarantee that Maggette will be back for a Feb. 16 game at the Los Angeles Lakers, the team's first contest after the break.
"I can't have Kobe (Bryant) thinking he's stronger than me because he's playing with a messed up finger," Maggette joked about the Lakers guard, who has played through a broken index finger on his right hand. "I've got two hurt fingers. He's got one. So let's not get it twisted."
— MARCUS THOMPSON II