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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Caron Butler went through a few sets of protective eye goggles before settling on a pair from Oakley during practice yesterday. They were stylish, but that's not the reason for Butler's new look.

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During the first half of Saturday's loss in Orlando, Butler butted heads with Magic guard Mickael Pietrus and suffered a gruesome cut just above his left eye.

The cut led to severe swelling and bled into Butler's eye. Doctors closed the cut with glue. He doesn't expect it to be a major problem tonight against the Utah Jazz as the Wizards look for their first win of the season.

"It was a different look with the goggles and everything but I found a pair that works and I'm good to go," said Butler, who is determined to play as many games as possible after being limited to 58 games because of a string of injuries last season. "Overall it feels good. It just bled out into the eye. It was way worse [Monday] though. It's actually open so I can see and it's not blurry, so I'm good."

Smooth Jazz

The last time the Wizards and Jazz met, the final result was not pretty for the Wizards. In a game played March 31 in Salt Lake City, the Jazz jumped on the Wizards early and cruised to a 129-87 victory. It was the worst defeat of the season for Washington, brutally capped a five-game Western Conference road trip and gave the Jazz a 2-0 season sweep of the Wizards.

Much of the damage in that game was done by Jazz forward C.J. Miles, who scored 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting.

UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Utah 8 p.m. CSN+, WTEM-980

Friday at Miami 7:30 p.m. CSN+, WTEM-980


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