|Mavericks guard Delonte West suffered a fractured finger on Wednesday. (Getty Images)|
Update (Friday): The Dallas Mavericks announced on Friday that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery on his fractured right ring finger. The surgery aimed to "stabilize the fracture" and the team noted that "he will have a subsequent procedure to remove the stabilizing pins prior to his return to basketball activity."
The Mavericks said West still has no timetable for return.
Original Post (Wednesday): The Dallas Mavericks could be without guard Delonte West for an extended period of time.
The Associated Press reports that the Mavericks have informed the media that West suffered a fractured and dislocated finger on his right hand during a Wednesday night game against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center.
West fractured and dislocated his finger while trying to make a defensive play about halfway through the second quarter Wednesday night against Denver. It was an ugly injury with blood clearly visible.West left Wednesday's game with 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist on 1-for-5 shooting in 11 minutes.
The Mavericks said West wouldn't return to the game and that it was unclear how many games he might miss.
West came off the bench on a night when the Mavericks were already without guards Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois.
West, 28, is averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game so far this season. He's been used as both a starter and a reserve, as the Mavericks have had to make due without starting point guard Jason Kidd for stretches of this season. Fellow Mavericks guards Jason Terry (quadricep injury) and Rodrigue Beaubois (personal reasons) also missed Wednesday's game.
West signed with the Mavericks during the December free agency period after spending last season with the Boston Celtics. He had an eventful offseason during the lockout, as he applied for a job at Home Depot, contemplated selling knives, worked for a furniture store and fretted about his lack of health insurance.
Earlier this season, West told a reporter that he was banned from making a White House visit with his Mavericks teammates because of his criminal record, but later reports indicated that the Secret Service disputed that account.