Monday , Apr , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards’ Butler likely out for the season

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler
will be sidelined six to eight weeks after sustaining a second metacarpal
fracture in his right hand.

Butler suffered the injury 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.

“I banged my right hand on the backboard, and I immediately felt a great deal
of pain,” Butler said. “I am really disappointed because we finally had
everyone back from injuries for the playoff run. I am going to stay positive
and continue to support my teammates, and hope to get back as soon as
possible.”

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

“Caron has had an outstanding season,” said president of basketball operations
Ernie Grunfeld. “We will miss his production and leadership on the court. We
expect him to make a full recovery, and we will look for his teammates to step
up in his absence.”

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