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Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:56 am
Posted by Royce Young

After Caron Butler's knee surgery back in January, he said he was going to try and get back for the postseason. I think we all sort of said, "Yeah right" and forgot about it.

Butler ruptured his patellar tendon on New Year's Day against the Bucks. Butler, a Racine, Wis. native, popped his kneecap back into place and actually walked off the floor because he didn't want to be carried off in front of friends and family.

But Butler's been working extremely hard during this past month rehabbing and trying to get himself ready for a return. Plus, he's gotten quite a lot of extra time because the Mavs have extended their postseason run all the way to The Finals. Via ESPN Dallas:

"It's unlikely, but I can't say no for sure," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Jason Terry said that Butler doesn't even have to play. Just having him out there would be a lift.

"I just want to see him in layup lines," Dallas guard Jason Terry said recently. "If he can get up in layup lines, it's going to boost us immensely emotionally. He's been here the whole way, though. This guy has worked so hard to get ready."

It's very unlikely Butler will make an appearance, but maybe he does suit up for a couple games. And like Terry said, that would be a nice bit of inspiration.

But what if Butler got healthy enough to play a little? Obviously he wouldn't return to the starting lineup, but if he were to see minutes, he'd like fill the role Peja Stojakoic has had off the bench. It's always dangerous to start tweaking and messing with rotations when what's got you here has clearly worked, but Butler would probably fit back in nicely.

Again, very unlikely though. Butler is obviously trying to rush things, which isn't a good idea. The Mavs could use him, but they need the Caron Butler that was playing really well back in December. Not one that's not even done rehabbing. But in terms of an emotional boost, the Mavs will take anything they can get.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:59 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

To quote Clint Eastwood in unforgiven before he blew little bill's head off, "DESERVES GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT" Heat in 6

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:16 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

The Finals outcome depends on two things: how many games the networks need to meet their nut, and how the league will advise the referees to go about helping them get there.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:37 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

You get credit for the line but I am using it in other places, LOL

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:09 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

If you got paid 1,000 dollars for every word in a great comment, you'd be one broke son of a biitch.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 2:06 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

What a perfect way to ruin EVERYTHING! Yes, lets bring back a locker room cancer who plays one on one selfish basketball after everyone else has done all the work to get to the finals, and who hasn't played in months. Worst idea ever...Have him come in for that 13 seconds at the end of the 1st period...then BENCH his ass.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:48 pm

Butler is unlikely, but not ruled out completely

Whatever it takes, I want the MAVS to win there are allot of veterans that deserve it and they with certainly be playing hard. And you know they can play from behind!

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