Heading into Monday night's game against the Indiana Pacers on the back of 30 and 27 point performances, the Miami Heat's Luol Deng wasn't going to let anything stand in the way of his hot streak.
Not even a dislocated finger.
The 2012 Olympics Team GB star suffered a double dislocation of the middle finger on his right hand midway through Miami's 101-93 overtime win and, speaking after the game, he explained how he "popped it back in" himself.
“I couldn’t wait any longer,” said the 30-year-old small forward, via the Palm Beach Post. “I just popped it back in.”
Deng then went on to describe the self-administered procedure in quite some detail:
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“This part was on top of this part, and this one was sideways,” he explained. “I tried to put this one in first, and I couldn’t. So I went to (trainer Jay Sabol), and he was like, ‘No, you’ve got to be careful, because if it’s broken, you can make it worse.’
"So when I came back in the hallway, I said, ‘I can’t wait.’ So I grabbed it right here. And I pulled it. And when I pulled it out, both of them went in. I just pulled it forward. My mindset is, the more I wait, the more it’s going to hurt.”
"My mindset is, the more I wait, the more it’s going to hurt.”
The 11-year veteran admitted that he will probably be feeling the effects of his actions on Tuesday, but it didn't seem to harm his performance on Monday night.
Deng put up 13 points and 16 rebounds to help the Heat overcome their Eastern Conference rivals.
Since Chris Bosh has been away from the team the former Bulls star has stepped up his game, averaging 23.3 points and 12.3 rebounds over the three-game span.
Popping back in a dislocated finger is just another consequence of his increased responsibility.