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Butler eager to return to Washington lineup

April 17, 2007

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— Caron Butler is not ready to write off the season.

The Washington Wizards' All-Star forward said Monday he hopes to have the cast removed from his broken right hand in a week and thinks he could play if the team reached the second round of the playoffs.

His recovery time was supposed to be six weeks after he broke a bone in his hand two weeks ago.

"There's definitely a chance," Butler said. "I'm trying to get my cast off probably as early as next Monday. So the second round - that's what we're looking at."

The Wizards (40-40) have clinched a playoff berth.

Butler took part in practice Monday, using only his left hand to make passes to DeShawn Stevenson or to hoist jump shots. Butler had what he called a "bone-healing machine" attached to his right hand, a contraption he said that "sends waves to the bone and helps it heal faster."

He was injured when he hit his hand on the backboard while trying to block a shot during a win over Milwaukee on April 1. Since then, Washington is 1-7; two games after Butler got hurt, All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas tore his left knee and needed surgery.

Butler was averaging career highs in points (19.1), rebounds (7.4) and assists (3.7).

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