The Los Angeles Clippers are already getting dismantled by the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series, and the news just keeps getting worse. Starting small forward Caron Butler suffered a fractured left hand in the third quarter and is likely to miss a lot of time with the injury.
It's not immediately clear when Butler suffered the injury, but he was taken out of the game for good with two minutes and 38 seconds left in the third quarter. The team announced the news shortly thereafter.
The injury is another in a long line of ailments for Butler throughout his 10-year career. Last year, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, he missed the entire playoffs after hurting his knee in December. He also fractured his left hand back in 2007 as a member of the Washington Wizards, derailing a promising season. Butler had signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Clippers in the offseason and had worked very hard to get back to full health following the knee injury with Dallas.