Caron Butler: Plan is to play Monday

DALLAS -- Caron Butler has found the healing power of the hyperbaric chamber.

"It's like being in an airplane," said Butler, who will miss his second game tonight since suffering back spasms Monday against Boston. "Your ears start popping and then everything starts loosing up."

The Dallas Mavericks' small forward is optimistic that he'll be rid of the back spasms that forced him out of the game against Boston four nights ago and ready to go for Monday's home game against division rival New Orleans, the first of back-to-back games against the undefeated Hornets. The Mavs at New Orleans on Wednesday.

"That's the plan," said Butler, who has been receiving treatment daily, including the hyperbaric chamber. "It's like night and day from the last game I played in."

Butler said the injury happened in the third quarter when he went up for layup and Celtics forward Paul Pierce fouled him on the arm on his way up. Butler said he felt his back lock up and he really felt when he shot the first free throw and then again on the second.

"I shot [the second one] and said I've got to get out of the game," Butler said.

It took four more possessions for a stoppage of play to get Butler out. During one possession he put up a "horrific shot fom the top of the key." It banged off the lower portion of the backboard and that was how his night ended.

Shawn Marion will again start in place of Butler at small forward.

Butler said if he can't play Monday that he should be ready to play at some point next week. The Mavs play Chicago at home on Friday and at Atlanta on Saturday.