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Mavericks not getting Caron Butler back in Lakers series

May 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

Caron Butler

Caron Butler would be a big help against the Lakers, defending Kobe Bryant and providing some scoring from the wings.

But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to have him.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made it as clear as could be, as reported by ESPN.

“He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle told 103.3 FM ESPN’s Galloway and Company, adding that Butler has yet to be cleared by a doctor.

To expect him back from a ruptured right patellar tendon suffered in January was a little much. But the Mavericks starting five with Butler in the lineup was the single best five-man lineup in the NBA this season (in terms of +/- per 48 minutes). They could have used that this series.

  1. lakesidelakersfan - May 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Cuban’s already putting out excuses in case they lose. This isn’t going to be a easy series for my Lakers. The Mavs Match up in the middle better than any team in the west. That being said, the Lakers are a superior playoff team.Dirk can go off for 40 points and still lose.

  2. icu84bs - May 2, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Dallas has the size to match the Lakers but not the heart. Lakers in six.

  3. fouldwimmerlaik - May 2, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Lakers fan here!!

    Butler is just afraid to face Super Kobe and the rest of the Mighty Laker Power Rangers!!!

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