Sunday , Apr , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards’ Butler fractures hand

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler
fractured his right hand in the second half of Sunday’s 121-107 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks.

Butler scored 19 points before leaving with 6:28 remaining in the third
quarter, and now he could be out for the season.

Butler was apparently hurt when he tried to challenge a shot by Ruben
Patterson.

“I’ll probably get an MRI on it tomorrow,” Butler said. “Right now, they’re
saying it’s a season-ending injury. We’ll see what happens. When I was getting
the cast put on, I saw the guys win the game, that meant a lot.”

The All-Star forward is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Washington’s victory — coupled with Miami’s loss to Detroit on Sunday– moved
the Wizards a half-game ahead of the Heat for the top spot in the Southeast
Division. Washington also holds the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference
playoff race with 10 games remaining in its regular season.

WAS