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Butler Has Shoulder Sprain

Caron Butler drives past Orlando’s Maurice Harkless in the first half of Wednesday’s loss to the Magic.

After undergoing an MRI on Thursday morning, Caron Butler has been diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder. The injury is expected to keep the veteran forward out for “a couple of games,” according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

Butler suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Magic, in which Milwaukee had just eight available players. He finished the game with 20 points and five rebounds in 42 minutes.

It’s almost certain Butler will miss Milwaukee’s next two games – Friday at Indiana and Saturday against Oklahoma City – but it’s possible he could return to the court when Milwaukee welcomes Portland to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday.

Butler’s absence, coupled with the rash of other recent injuries, will mean continued big minutes for Khris Middleton and – more importantly – an opportunity for Giannis Antetokounmpo to remain in the short-term rotation. Middleton put up 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 43 minutes Wednesday, while Antetokounmpo has averaged more than 20 minutes over the past two games.

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