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Caron Butler Gave It His Best Shot For Los Angeles Clippers

JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Give Caron Butler plenty of credit. He played excellent basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of the NBA playoffs opening round.

The Clippers lost 118-105 and were eliminated from the playoffs, a very disappointing event for Butler who had hopes of helping to lead the Clippers to the NBA finals.

But it certainly wasn’t because Butler didn’t try. He played for 35 minutes and gave the Clippers all that he had with 7-of-16 shooting from the floor, three rebounds and 14 points. He had scored a combined five points the previous two games.

For the entire playoffs, Butler’s production was down slightly from what he had done all season. He averaged 8.5 points and 2.7 rebounds a game while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. For the season, he was at 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and one assist per game, while averaging 24.1 minutes and shooting 42.4 percent from the floor.

It was a great season in a lot of ways for Butler and his teammates, but obviously a major disappointment on how it ended. Butler is in his 11th NBA season and second with the Clippers, who seemed to have enough talent to go all the way this season. But a mild late-season slump put them down to the No. 4 seed and set up a challenging first-round battle with Memphis.

Whether or not Butler comes back next season remains to be seen. The Clippers have plenty of decisions to make. They had hoped for an NBA title, but now need to decide what direction to take and they continue to pursue that goal.