Forward Caron Butler fractured his left hand during the Los Angeles Clippers' incredible 99-98 win Sunday in Game 1 at Memphis, and his status for the remainder of the first-round playoff series is uncertain, the team said.
"It happened early in the third quarter, my hand got caught in Rudy Gay's jersey coming off a pindown screen," Butler said during a televised postgame interview. "I was able to keep playing but once I got subbed out, I felt the throbbing. I went and got the X-ray and noticed I got a fracture."
He left the game with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter and did not return, finishing with 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting.
The Clippers trailed 81-55 at the time, but rallied to stage an epic win. Chris Paul hit two free throws with 23.7 seconds left to secure the victory, which saw the Clippers close on a 28-3 run to overturn a 27-point deficit.
"That's why you have to keep playing and give yourself a chance. It worked this time and we'll take it," Clippers coach Vin...