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Former Laker Caron Butler won’t be returning to the Mavs for the Western Conference semi-finals series. Butler has been out of action since Jan 1. with a ruptured patellar tendon.

While there was some speculation Butler may return for the series, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle discussed the issue:

“He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle told KESN 103.3-FM, and added that Butler has yet to be cleared by doctors.

The Lakers open up the 2nd round against the Mavs Monday night.