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Clippers’ Caron Butler out a week with elbow strain

Mar 11, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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Caron Butler is not a guy to oversell injuries. So when he was grabbing his left elbow Sunday night and went straight to the locker room, then when teammates seemed concerned after the game, there was reason for Clippers fans to be a little worried.

X-rays on Sunday night were negative but the MRI was Monday, but that came back about as positive as one could hope as well, the team reported Monday on twitter.

Butler has started 62 games for the Clippers, averaging 10.6 points a game and spacing the floor with his 37 percent three point shooting.

Look for Matt Barnes to get the start (he’s got a sore hand and we’ll see how effective he is) and Grant Hill likely gets a little more run off the bench until Butler returns.

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