NBA Finals 2011: Caron Butler Sorely Missed by Dallas Mavericks
Shawn Marion has proven to be an excellent contributor in the Dallas Mavericks starting five since Caron Butler sustained his season-ending knee injury, but that doesn’t mean the team doesn’t miss “Tough Juice”.
Marion’s absence from the bench really puts a detriment into the Mavs attack, as he served as the club’s anchor in the second unit.
But this is more about Butler. He not only served as an offensive threat and one of the team’s best scoring options, but was also a major contributor on the defensive end as well.
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If Butler had been able to play in this series, it’s probable that the Mavericks would have a much better chance at overcoming the Heat’s potent attack at both ends of the floor.
There’s a reason that Butler has earned his nickname, as he’s one of the league’s toughest players and refuses to back down from anybody.
The Mavericks have had a really tough time attempting to defend LeBron James, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Butler would’ve had that defensive assignment had he been healthy and on the court.
Unfortunately for the team, that’s simply not the case.