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Hurting Delonte West: 'Go hard or go home, man'

DALLAS -- Delonte West forgot all about his surgically repaired right ring finger as he blew by his man and threw down a two-hand dunk with a little more than three minutes remaining in the Mavs' 110-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

“Pain is a hell of a reminder,” West said.

But pain isn’t necessarily a deterrent, at least not to a competitor like West.

West, who missed 21 games after his gruesomely broken bone popped out of the skin on Feb. 15, clutched his right hand frequently for the rest of the game and admitted afterward that the pain was pretty intense. However, the lefty guard said he won’t hesitate to dunk with both hands again if he thinks that’s the right play to make.

“Not at all, man,” said West, who scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes. “Go hard or go home, man. These type of games, every possession is important. You’ve got to go to the basket strong.”

Coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged that he cringed when West went up with both hands. Carlisle mentioned to West that it might not be wise to have his right hand crashing into the rim, but he was quickly interrupted by Jason Terry, who pointed out that West only knows one way to play.

Carlisle realized immediately that Terry was right about West, whose toughness and intensity are primary reasons that he’s a key role player for the Mavs.

“The only way he knows how to go is all out,” Carlisle said. “That’s who he is. If we try to take that away from him, even with a busted hand, he’s not going to be the same player.”