- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2007


All-Star forward Caron Butler will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game in New Jersey, meaning the Washington Wizards could be without their top two forwards for the second straight contest.

Butler joined Antawn Jamison on the inactive list with back spasms before Sunday’s 98-94 loss to Minnesota. Jamison (sprained knee) will miss his 11th consecutive game.

“I think Antawn is still [a] little ways away, but Caron is certainly a game-time decision,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

Butler has been nursing a sore back for about a week. His condition probably was worsened by the team’s 12-hour trip from Chicago to Minnesota, which was lengthened because of delays from a blizzard over the weekend.

“Before I had mild little back pains and I was able to play through it,” said Butler, who’s averaging 20.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. “Now it’s a little too tight, and I don’t want to be out there and not be able to perform at a high level. I think I would be hurting the team.”

If Butler can play, he likely would start opposite 6-foot-11 forward Andray Blatche. Forward Jarvis Hayes likely would return to the bench.

John N. Mitchell

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