Mavericks G Michael Finley was placed on the injured list yesterday 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 last night's game at Miami.

X-rays didn't show any additional damage, 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's first five games. He was replaced on the active roster by G Dan Dickau, who had been on the injured list with a sprained ankle.

* CURRY SEEKS TRADE: Eddy Curry's agents said they are seeking a trade for the 7-footer, who is eligible to become a restricted free agent next summer. That came as a surprise to GM John Paxson, who learned of the request not from Darren White and Lamont Carter, Curry's agents, but in a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Eddy hasn't said anything to me yet," Paxson said. "And I'm not going to be intimidated or persuaded by any agent that goes public and tries to do what he thinks is right for his client. I think it only hurts him and it doesn't do us any good, either."

Curry went to a doctor after banging his right knee and wasn't available to comment.

But White told the Associated Press he will continue to explore possible trade scenarios for Curry, a Chicago native, and "will operate on the assumption of getting Eddy a trade."

* RECORD NUMBERS: A record 17 home-opener sellouts brought NBA attendance to 95 percent capacity for the first week of the season. The league said yesterday that the record eclipsed the previous home-opener sellout mark of 15, established during the 1997-98 season.

During the first 10 days of the season, there were eight overtime games, which also tied a record for that span, set in 1985-86.

-- From News Services