Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler is a game-time decision to play in Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a broken hand, according to ESPN Los Angeles.
"We got a good report yesterday or as good as you could expect," head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He went through some things today and took some shots and went through some stuff. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. Caron is a tough guy; he's a battler. He wants to be out there but we also want to be smart about it. I'll evaluate that tomorrow. It was good to see him out there. I think it gives the guys a good boost. He's such a big part of our team and I give him a lot of credit for even being out there. "
Butler injured his left hand in the third quarter of Sunday’s game one and wore a brace during Friday’s shoot-around, according to ESPN. He missed game two and hopes to play on Sunday.
"Caron wants to be out there and we want him out there but we also want to be smart about it," Del Negro said. "It was good to see him out there today but we'll make that decision tomorrow. I'm not ruling him out but he does have a broken hand, so I want to talk to the doctors a little more." Before leaving Sunday’s game with the injury, Butler had 12 points and two rebounds for Los Angeles.