Caron Butler Breaks Hand
The Los Angeles Clippers got off to a slow start on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round matchup.
While down double-figures, they lost forward Caron Butler to a fractured left hand. The long-term impact of the injury is unclear but his postseason would presumably be in jeopardy.
Barring a late fourth-quarter comeback, the Clippers would get a second crack at the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
In Butler’s place the Clippers can turn to guard Nick Young or forwards Bobby Simmons or Ryan Gomes.
UPDATE: “Barring a late fourth-quarter comeback” indeed. The Clippers, who were down by 27, rode a flurry from Nick Young, a tremendous defense from Reggie Evans (and Kenyon Martin on the final defensive stand) and a touch of Memphis collapse to upset the home team 99-98.
Now LA is in a position to take control of the series on Wednesday with a victory before returning home for games three and four. At a minimum, they’ve taken over home court advantage with a split.