Apr 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler (5) jumps up for a rebound in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Clippers won 95-82. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Caron Butler Returns To Clippers' Lineup Despite Fractured Hand

Caron Butler was expected to be out 4-6 weeks after fracturing his left hand in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Instead, he'll return to the lineup six days later for Game 3 on Saturday.

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Caron Butler Injury Update: Clippers' Forward To Start Game 3 Despite Fractured Hand

Caron Butler earned the name "Tuff Juice" during his time with the Washington Wizards several years ago, and he is still living up to that nickname. Butler, who now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, will start the team's critical Game 3 of their 2012 NBA Playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies despite having a fractured left hand. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times has the news.

The decision was made after Butler practiced Friday and after he saw a hand specialist Thursday, the sources said. Butler, who is right-handed, did some shooting at practice with a brace on his hand.

Butler suffered the injury in the Clippers' Game 1 win, and without him, Los Angeles struggled to guard Rudy Gay in a Game 2 loss. The original diagnosis suggested a 4-6-week timetable for his recovery, according to Turner. Instead, Butler will return to the lineup in six days.

Game 3 between the Clippers and Grizzlies is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

For all news and information regarding the Memphis Grizzlies, please visit Straight Outta Vancouver. For updates and perspective on the Los Angeles Clippers, head on over to Clips Nation or check out SB Nation Los Angeles. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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