Butler Sits Out Another Game

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, April 10 -- Forward Caron Butler missed his third consecutive game with a sprained right thumb Monday. Butler injured his shooting hand in last Wednesday's win at Boston and is still unable to palm a basketball.

With five regular season games remaining and the playoffs approaching, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said he wants the thumb to be as close to healed as possible before Butler returns.

"If it was on the other hand, we could probably, maybe, get away with it, but it's his shooting hand, and the pain is so severe we want it to be healed before he goes back out there," Jordan said.

Butler is the team's third-leading scorer (17.3 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (6.1); the Wizards are 30-21 with him in the starting lineup this season. Butler scored 23, 21 and 18 points in the first three games against Philadelphia this season

Center Etan Thomas also was inactive. He missed Saturday's game with a lower back strain. Thomas was feeling better during Monday's shoot-around and wanted to at least dress for the game, but he was a late scratch.

Brendan Haywood made his second straight start in Thomas's place. Guards Gilbert Arenas (lower back soreness) and Antonio Daniels (left wrist sprain) both started.

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