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Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

May 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler AP

Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50% in both games, but eventually they’re going to have a little regression to the mean. Butler can alleviate that, if the hand doesn’t impact his shooting. Which is kind of a big if since, you know, it’s fractured.

Butler missed all of last season after a promising season with the Mavericks due to a knee injury, so missing another playoff series after so many miserable years in Washington is probably something he’s willing to live with pain to avoid. Butler’s also crucial for the Clippers’ ability to match up with Rudy Gay. Butler is the only wing that really has the skill and size to match up with the Grizzlies’ best wing player.

Still, he’s playing with a broken hand. Geez, TuffJuice. Way to live up to your name.

  1. gmen4life33 - May 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    So Butler is starting with a broken off-hand, but Stat couldnt play because he had stitches in his offf-hand? Really? God being a Knicks fan is tough.

    • scalfor3 - May 6, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      caron butler is your standard for toughness? in that case, yeah amare’s a wuss, but he’s got plenty of company

  2. romoscollarbone - May 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    If youve seen stoudamires hand, youd know that by the middle of the first quarter it would be ripped open and pouring blood everywhere. Its his palm that got sliced open, its a pretty gnarly gash, atleast 4 1/2 in long.

    • gmen4life33 - May 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      ive seen it, and he has been cleared to practice and has been dunking. he can play. Butler hand is BROKEN. he can potentially further the injury also, but he played, and his team won.

  3. moseskkim - May 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    It’s about pain tolerance/risk of more damage. With Amare, that hand injury is to half of his hand. Any contact with anything would be excruciating. Broken bone for butler would hurt around the area affected. The training staff put gel on the brace to take some of he impact. Like I Fractured my fibula but it was my torn ligaments that are still causing me pain. Broken isn’t necessarily worse to play on

  4. rawgator06 - May 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    You are seriously comparing the pain from a laceration on a hand compared to the pain of a broken bone and stating that the laceration is more painful?!

  5. thestudiokida - May 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Yes, broken bones aren’t a big deal. I broke my hand bowling but I kept bowling. Then I learned that it was broken and I took it easy for like 2 weeks until it healed. Also tore a ligament in my finger once and that took 6 months just for swelling to go down. Ligaments, tendons, muscle tissue don’t grow back like bone does.

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