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Caron Butler Cast Update

Since this is the most interesting storyline of this series, I'll play along.

So ran an item last night that started thus:

The buzz in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon was not limited to the Cavaliers second consecutive playoff appearance.

While Cleveland, behind a combined 50 points by LeBron James and Larry Hughes, handily defeated Washington, speculation was injured Wizards forward Caron Butler could be planning a Willis Reed-esque return to the Washington lineup, possibly as early as Saturday's Game 3.

If you're a depressive sort, feel free to contrast that with what Eddie Jordan said at this morning's practice.

"He is not in our plans right now, not as a player," Jordan said. "We get deeper in the playoffs, possibly, but not in the first round. To me."

Bizarrely, someone then asked whether, if the cast comes off today, Butler would have a chance to play Wednesday.

"I don't know about the cast," Jordan said. "I haven't talked to our trainer or our medical staff about whether his cast is coming off today or not. He probably could take it off just to scratch his finger and put it back on. Maybe he's playing words with you guys, I don't know."

To drive a final stake in our hearts, the AP asked whether there was any chance at all of Butler playing in the first round.

"To me, no," Jordan said. "Not to me."

Antonio Daniels was also asked whether the team is looking for a Butler return.

"No," he summed up. "I mean, right now, we can't afford to. We have to worry about the team that's out there now. It would be great if that happened, but just like I told Caron, he has to worry about himself in the long run. So if it's not healthy or beneficial to him to come back for two games health wise, and he can hurt himself even more, Caron has a long career ahead of him, so he has to worry about himself in the long run."

In other words, we need to find another storyline. In any case, the Wizards PR staff has promised to call us later with an update on whether the cast did, in fact, come off today.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 23, 2007; 1:26 PM ET
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"To me, no," Jordan said. "Not to me."

So call Big Ern!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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