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Caron Butler in, Chris Paul likely out for Timberwolves game

January 17, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Chris Paul -- glancing here at his alter-ego from a TV commercial -- likely won't play Thursday night against the Timberwolves.
Chris Paul -- glancing here at his alter-ego from a TV commercial -- likely… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – While Chris Paul was getting his bruised right kneecap worked on in the training room Thursday morning, Caron Butler was on the Target Center court participating in the Clippers’ shoot-around.

Butler said he will play Thursday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves despite a sore right foot.

The Clippers have been listing Paul as day-to-day, but he has missed the last two games.

There were no indications that Paul would play against Minnesota, meaning that backup Eric Bledsoe would be the starting point guard.

As for Butler, he injured his foot against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night and got X-rays that showed no damage.

"I feel all right,” Butler said. "I got treatment yesterday. I’ll be fine.”

Butler said he was somewhat nervous when the injury occurred.

"Just initially," Butler said. "I was making a plant and going one way and changed directions and I felt a little discomfort. After I got the X-ray, I was fine, because it wasn’t a big deal.”

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