Neither Caron Butler nor Antonio Daniels practiced today and both players will be game-time decisions for Sunday night's game at Phoenix. Butler has missed two straight games with a strained left hip flexor and Daniels left in the first quarter of last night's loss at Denver with a right ankle injury and did not return.
Butler admitted that he came back too quickly after originally suffering the injury at Milwaukee and said he wants to be sure he doesn't do it again. "I want to be out there healthy. I don't want this to be something that lingers on throughout the course of the season and affects us down the road. I want to come back right."
Daniels said his ankle problem stems from the knee injury he suffered earlier in the season. He feels that he's been compensating for the knee and that has caused bone spurs in the right ankle. He's been playing with it heavily taped and said he can't move like he needs to. However, Daniels sounded determined to suck it up and play if at all possible.
"I can't be out," he said Friday night. "I just can't. This team needs me out there. "
FYI: Shaquille O'Neal will not play Sunday night. He is scheduled to fly from Miami to Phoenix on Sunday and has yet to practice with the Suns. Word is that he may make his first appearance Thursday against Dallas.
From a basketball standpoint, the six-game losing streak is perfectly explainable. This team is missing two big time players in Gilbert Arenas and most recently Bulter. And Daniels is banged up. Without those guys, this is a lottery team. I don't mean that as an insult to the remaining players but the facts are the facts. Without Arenas and Butler late last season, the team went 2-10 (including the playoff sweep) and so far this season, the team is 1-5 without Butler. The team is 3-6 without Daniels (I'm counting Friday night in that number because he played less than seven minutes).
Basically, the all-star break can't get here soon enough. It's so bad that when I got get a pick-up run in later tonight, I'm half expecting to go down myself. Knock on wood baby......
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