Clippers' Caron Butler out with knee injury
Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Butler got an MRI on the knee Thursday that was negative.
Del Negro said Butler injured the knee during the Utah game Tuesday night, but played Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks, his former team.
Del Negro said “you could tell” Butler’s knee was bothering him against Dallas.
“He said feels a little bit better today,” Del Negro said. “But with this season and this stretch and things we’re on, I think it’s best to give him a little break tonight and hopefully he can get some therapy tonight and tomorrow and we’ll see how he feels on Sunday.”
The Clippers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at Staples Center.
Butler is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Ryan Gomes started in Butler's place against the Timberwolves.
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Clippers forward Caron Butler reacts after hitting a three-pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 11. Credit: Don Ryan / Associated Press