Caron Butler went through his first Thunder practice on Monday. He’ll play in his first Thunder game on Tuesday.
Despite limited time to get comfortable, coach Scott Brooks is throwing the veteran into the fire, saying Butler could play anywhere from “one to 48” minutes against Philadelphia at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“He will be available tomorrow, definitely,” Brooks said. “He had a good practice today. We’re going to be able shorten up the package on both ends of the floor, to make him feel more comfortable going into tomorrow night.”
Butler had 38 points and 13 rebounds in a game against the Sixers earlier this season.
Among the many things gathered from Butler’s initial press conference were a couple of explanations about his various names.
James Caron Butler is his given name, but as an ode to his grandfather, who is named Caron, that’s what he prefers to be called.
And Butler’s nickname – “Tuff Juice” – was given to him for a simple reason.
“I had a fair share of injuries, one that kept me out of the Finals in 2011 with Dallas,” he said. “I ruptured my patella tendon. That’s just one of the things that stuck with me through injuries or whatever, I always find a way to overcome it.”
REGGIE PLAYING BETTER
After an extended stretch in the starting lineup, Reggie Jackson started the second half of the season back in his role of sixth man.
And he struggled a bit to readjust, scoring just 25 combined points in the first three games, going an inefficient 10-of-31 from the field.
But the past two games, as Russell Westbrook seems to be returning to form, so has Jackson.
In the two contests — both Thunder wins — Jackson has combined for 31 points on 12-of-26 shooting, while handing out six assists and committing only three turnovers. And he’s closed both games playing alongside Westbrook.