OKC Thunder notebook: Caron Butler to play in Tuesday's game against Sixers

Butler went through his first Thunder practice on Monday. Coach Scott Brooks said he is not afraid to throw Butler into the fire despite limited time to get comfortable with new teammates.
Oklahoman Published: March 3, 2014
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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.

CARON’S NICKNAME

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.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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