Don't count Caron Butler out of playoffs

ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan and the ESPN cameras took a behind-the-scenes look at what Caron Butler is doing to return to the court as soon as possible.

Caplan found out that Butler's recovery is ahead of schedule, and he is aiming to return to action during the playoffs:

When a reporter projected a possible return date to be around mid-May and surmised Butler could be ready for a potential Western Conference finals series, Butler, churning away on a stationary bike, nearly stopped pedaling.

"West finals?" Butler blurted so incredulously that you could almost hear him follow up with an, "Are you crazy?"

Instead, Butler restrained his enthusiasm and said, "I'm trying to get back sooner."

The Mavs' medical staff doesn't attempt to dial back Butler's goal, but they have to take a more measured and cautionary stance with his rehab. They don't deny Butler could possibly make it back for the start of the playoffs or for any part of the playoffs, but they aren't making any guarantees either.

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