Caron Butler has a broken left hand.
Will that stop the Clippers forward from playing Saturday against Memphis?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Either way, the Clippers aren't ruling him out, despite that Butler, who suffered the injury during Game 1 of his team's Western Conference first-round playoff series at Memphis, missed Game 2 on Wednesday. That series is tied, 1-1, heading into Game 3 at Staples Center.
Butler saw a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday and participated in the team's practice Friday at their training facility in Playa Vista, doing some shooting with a brace on his left hand.
"We got a good report (Thursday) or as good as you could expect," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He went through some things (Friday) and took some shots and went through some stuff. We'll see how he feels (Saturday). Caron is a tough guy, he's a battler, he wants to be out there, but we also want to be smart about it."
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