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Wizards hope Butler, out with a hip injury, can return Sunday

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler sat
out his third straight game Friday night against the Utah Jazz
because of a hip injury.

"He's out tonight," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said before the
game. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go on Sunday."

Jordan said Butler is undergoing rehab for his strained left hip
flexor. Although Butler had a stomach virus Thursday, Jordan said
it was the hip that kept him out of Friday's game.

Butler was picked for his second straight All-Star Game
Thursday. He is averaging 21.9 points, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals,
all career highs, and 7.0 rebounds.

Butler was hurt in Sunday's game at Milwaukee.