Caron Butler did not participate in shootaround this morning but did some shooting. Yesterday, Coach Eddie Jordan said the all-star forward would "probably" miss his seventh straight game with that strained left hip flexor. Jordan said that he'd like see Butler go through a full practice and then determine his status after seeing how the hip responds after that practice. Remember, Caron practiced Monday but woke up stiff and sore Tuesday morning and couldn't go against the Knicks.
It's hard to tell when the Wiz will have a full practice because Jordan typically gives them a day off after a back-to-back (they host Charlotte tomorrow night) and they have games at New Orleans Monday night and Houston Tuesday night. The first real practice could be Thursday in Chicago. I imagine that Caron could get on the court and test himself Sunday and then see what's up for Monday's game but we'll see.
Antonio Daniels (sore right ankle) did participate in shootaround and will be a "game-time" decision. My status is just as iffy. Flights are all messed up and I'm hoping to get out of DC in time but it's up in the air. What's weird is that it's not even that nasty out. In Minnesota, we call this spring.
The Cavs won't have Wally World, Ben Wallace, Delonte West or Joe Smith tonight and guard Boobie Gibson and Anderson Varajeo are out so the team signed former Wiz kid Billy Thomas and Kaniel Dickens out of the D-League. Thomas, who bailed the Wiz out of an important game in Sacramento two years ago when Gilbert Arenas was ducking that infamous paternity suit, spent some time with the Nets on a 10-day earlier this season and continues to hang around hoping to stick. He was in the D-League all-star game in New Orleans last week and just keeps doing enough to stay on the radar.
I've known Billy since he was at Kansas playing with Paul Pierce, Jacque Vaughn and company in the late 90's and really respect his determination. The guy has played in just about every league in the world and just keeps working at it. It would be nice to see him stick. The Cavs will now have the league-minimum eight players in uniform tonight. Can't say much about my status though: I'm at the mercy of the airlines and we all know how that goes. Pray for me people.......
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