Caron Butler Broke His Left Hand in Game 1

by April 30, 2012

Somewhat lost in the LA Clippers’ stunning comeback victory in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies last night, is news of Caron Butler’s broken hand. The LA Daily News has the details: “Clippers forward Caron Butler broke his left hand Sunday in Game 1 against Memphis. Butler had 12 points and two rebounds in 23 minutes. The forward said he thinks he got hurt early in the third quarter when his hand got caught during a pin-down screen in the jersey of Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, another former Connecticut star. Butler was able to keep playing but once he went to the bench, he noticed his hand throbbing. He went to the locker room for an X-ray and returned to the bench. ‘I was about to go back in the game, and got the X-ray results,’ Butler said. ‘I told coach I was ready, and he was about to throw me back in the fire.’ The veteran is one of the few Clippers with playoff experience, though he was injured last year when he was with the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. A starter, Butler averaged 12 points for the Clippers this season. ‘I feel terrible for him,’ Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. ‘He’s been such a pro for us, but injuries are part of it. Other guys are going to have to step up like they did tonight. But replacing Caron right now … he’s been so valuable for us all year. I know the guys feel bad.'”