Diop has broken nose, will wear shield vs. Suns

DALLAS -- Mavericks center DeSagana Diop broke his nose in
Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs and will wear a face shield
Wednesday night for the opener of the Western Conference finals
against Phoenix.

Diop was injured when he caught an elbow from Spurs star Tim
Duncan late in the fourth quarter. Diop stayed in and played
stellar defense against Duncan, forcing him to go 1-for-7 in the
overtime of Dallas' 119-111 victory.

Diop practiced with teammates Tuesday before being fitted for
the shield. The team announced that he would wear the protection
indefinitely. Doctors said surgery will not be necessary.

Also, the Suns said they'll decide Wednesday whether Kurt Thomas
will play in Game 1.

Thomas, a Dallas native who briefly played for the Mavericks in
1998, missed the last 29 games of the regular season with a stress
fracture in his right foot.

"It's more probable," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It's still a
question we'll have to deal with day to day and figure it out.
We're not close to making a decision yet."