Mavericks lose third-leading scorer
DALLAS (AP) - Mavericks forward Caron Butler has undergone
surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right knee and will likely
miss the rest of the season.
His absence will be quite a blow for Dallas, which was second in
the Western Conference at 25-8 going into a game against Portland
on Tuesday night.
Butler was Dallas' third-leading scorer, averaging 14 points and
4.1 rebounds in almost 30 minutes per game. He was an inside-out
force the Mavs relied on to draw defenses from leading scorer Dirk
It could be a costly injury for Butler because he will become a
free agent this summer.
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