Butler 'looking forward to playing tonight'

After missing two games because of a reaction to medication, both victories as the Mavericks' win streak hit six games, swingman Caron Butler said he's feeling better and is ready to give it a go tonight against the New Orleans Hornets.

Butler showed that his tap-dancing skills haven't been affected by the NBA's ban on straw-chewing, sidestepping questions about what medication caused the problem or whether it was related to a knee injury suffered earlier this month when he still played for the Washington Wizards.