Wizards' Butler to have cast removed Monday

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler had
the cast removed from his broken right hand Monday and was told to
avoid contact for a week to 10 days.

Even before Butler's cast was replaced by a splint, Wizards
coach Eddie Jordan ruled out having the All-Star back for the
team's first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

"He is not in our plans, right now -- not as a player," Jordan
said after practice Monday. "If we get deeper in the playoffs,
possibly, but not in the first round."

Asked whether there's any chance Butler could face the
Cavaliers, Jordan said: "To me? No. Not to me."

Butler was injured when he hit his hand on the backboard while
trying to block a shot during a game on April 1; his recovery was
supposed to take six weeks. Two games later, All-Star guard
Gilbert Arenas injured his left knee and had season-ending surgery.

Butler was averaging career highs in points (19.1), rebounds
(7.4) and assists (3.7), and the Wizards would love to have him in
the lineup against the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven series
1-0 heading into Wednesday's Game 2 at Cleveland.

But Butler's teammates also were assuming he wouldn't be able to
face LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers.

"My mind-frame is, if there's a chance for Caron to come back,
it's pretty much going to be in the second round," Antawn Jamison
said. "My job and the rest of my teammates' job is to figure out a
way to get to the second round, and then we can get some help.

"He's been out for a while, and to put that pressure on him as
far as coming back in this series is a lot. You want to make sure
that it's healed, and you don't want to rush him back too