Now that the Mavs have moved on to the second round and are assured they will play basketball in May we can guess that perhaps forward Caron Butler will indeed return as he had hoped many months ago when he suffered a right ruptured patella tendon on Jan. 1. The Mavs said his season was over. Butler repeatedly said he thought he could play in the second round.
Rick Carlisle is saying Butler is a No for the playoffs, which means that he's a maybe. Never believe a head coach when it comes to playoff injury reports.
Let's say he can come back and play in Game 1 against the Lakers in LA. No one can think he's going to be close to the type of form he was showing when he was averaging 15 points per game at the time he was hurt. If he can do anything it's a huge bonus. At this point, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle appears pretty set on his rotation. A rotation that has all but reduced Corey Brewer and Roddy B to nothing.
But this is a vital time for Butler, who can be a free agent at season's end. Anything he can show the Mavs, or the rest of the league, is a little more piece of evidence that he's still "got it."
For Butler's sake, and for the sake of the Mavs, let's hope he does. At this point, however, it's highly unlikely to think he will be able to show it off so quickly after a major injury. More like November.