Caron Butler Injury: Updates on Bucks Forward's Ankle and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Jan 31, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Caron Butler (3) grabs a rebound against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic won 113-102.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It has not been a season to remember for the Milwaukee Bucks, and the squad got more bad news in its showdown with the New York Knicks on Feb. 3.

Small forward Caron Butler left the game with an ankle injury, per the official Twitter feed of the Milwaukee Bucks PR staff:

Butler was struggling in the game before leaving with the injury and only had three points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field. To his credit, he did have five rebounds.

Jan 31, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Caron Butler (3) reacts from the court against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic won 113-102.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Butler has only played in 31 games this season thanks to a variety of ailments. He was averaging 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists on the year coming into the game with the Bucks and had a PER of 12.5 that left much to be desired.

The Bucks have the fewest amount of victories in the NBA this year, so don’t expect them to rush Butler back anytime soon. With a lottery pick heading the franchise’s way, it’s in the best interest of both parties for Butler to take the necessary recovery time with his latest injury.