MIAMI (AP) _ Dallas Mavericks guard Michael Finley was placed on the injured list Thursday with a sprained right ankle.
The two-time All-Star was injured in the third quarter of the 94-84 loss at Orlando on Tuesday. He’ll miss at least five games, starting with Thursday’s at Miami.
X-rays were negative, but team officials believe Finley _ who has missed 36 games over the past three seasons with an array of leg and back problems _ will need at least two weeks before returning.
Finley averaged 17.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in Dallas’ first five games. He was replaced on the active roster by guard Dan Dickau, who had been on the injured list with a sprained ankle.