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Stoudemire Anything but Down and Out With Dislocated Pinky

Amar'e Stoudemire racked up 17 points before dislocating his left pinky in Thursday's Suns win.
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By Josh Greene, Suns.com
Posted: Oct. 23, 2008

It’s safe to say nobody is as happy to see the regular season begin as Amar’e Stoudemire.

Already working through the effects of a torn iris, the Suns’ power forward added a dislocated left pinky to his recent dossier of injuries during Thursday’s 102-93 Phoenix preseason finale win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.

But at least he still has sense of humor, as well as a positive prognosis.

“It’s been a pretty interesting preseason for me,” smiled STAT, who ended his night with 17 points in 23 minutes of action before the third-quarter injury. “I made a move to the middle, and it just spun back. The contact between ball and hand is where the dislocation happened.

“Trainer Aaron Nelson tried to pop it back in but couldn’t do it, so I came back here and had (team physician Thomas Carter) get it back in. It took awhile, but I feel great.”

Carter told Suns.com, “Amar’e dislocated the middle joint of his pinky, and sometimes they are a little difficult to (correct) if they are muscular and the finger is swollen. We brought him back to the training room, no fracture was found and we splinted him. He’ll be able to play anytime he wants. It all depends on how he can control the ball with his hands.

“We’ll tape the fingers together when he’s playing, and other times he’ll wear a splint for several weeks.”

Suns Head Coach Terry Porter doesn’t expect his All-Star forward to miss any practice time heading into next Wednesday’s season opener in San Antonio.

“He’ll be fine and ready to go,” Porter said. “They just popped it back in place. It’s an occupational hazard, but it’s nothing.”