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Chris Paul out with injury; Caron Butler to play

January 22, 2012 | 12:06 pm


Chris Paul sat out his fifth straight game Sunday with a strained left hamstring.

But Caron Butler is playing against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center after he missed Friday night’s game against Minnesota with a hyperextended right knee.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Paul worked out Saturday at practice and that his All-Star guard "feels great."

But Del Negro doesn’t want to rush Paul back.

"I just think it’s the smart, prudent thing to do right ... to just kind of give him a couple more days and a couple more workouts," Del Negro said.

The Clippers have two days off before the play the Lakers on Wednesday in a home game for the Lakers.

Del Negro said after Paul practices Monday and Tuesday that they’ll see if the 6-foot guard can play against the Lakers.


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Photo: 'Chris Paul chats with Clippers Coach Vinny del Negro. Credit: Don Ryan / Associated Press.