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Caron Butler “unlikely” to play against Heat in finals

May 27, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

Caron Butler

The two times they met in the regular season, Caron Butler played a big role for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat. He averaged 18 points per game on 54 percent shooting and he covered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for extended stretches.

Don’t expect him to be back for the NBA finals.

He has been out since February with a knee injury and while he had worked to get back Mavs but coach Rick Carlisle told the Associated Press Friday it’s “unlikely.”

He threw in the “I don’t know for sure,” line, but at this point and with how they are playing even if he could come back the Mavs would not want to try to integrate him back into the flow. Miami may have done it with Haslem, but he was farther along in rehab and they were more desperate for bench help.

  1. randysavage4ever - May 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Hey Caron – Say you might play even if you are 100 percent not playing…

    why not make Miami prepare just in case & worry them a lil more…

    & if your thinking “caron butler is not worrying anyone” you dont know anything about basketball…

    I would like to see Caron play even just a lil, to taste what the NBA Finals is like after putting his heart & soul for Washington for so many years…

    met him personally so I am bias , and Yes he is a down to earth cool dude… unlike most NBA players.

  2. trbowman - May 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Tough Juice, Haywood and Stevenson!

    The Wizards legend lives!

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