Butler Sporting Eye Protection

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.

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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