Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler sat out Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz with a sore lower back and is listed as day-to-day.
Butler had previously missed a Jan. 20 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a hyperextended right knee but returned the lineup two days later. Butler missed 53 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks after he suffered a ruptured right patellar tendon and had said his goal this season was not to miss any games.
The coaching staff was aware of Butler’s sore back during shootaround and decided to hold him out after he was still sore before the start of the game. He is listed as questionable for the Clippers’ game Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe was also inactive Wednesday as he continues to recover from offseason surgery on his right knee. He made his season debut Monday when he played the final minute of the Clippers’ 112-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, missing his one shot attempt.