WASHINGTON (AP) -Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler did not practice Wednesday because of a sore hip but is expected to play Friday against the New Jersey Nets.
Butler landed on his left hip while falling to the court with a rebound late in Tuesday night's 111-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Interim coach Ed Tapscott said it made sense to let Butler rest because the Wizards have an extra day before their next game.
``He's a little sore and we've got two days,'' Tapscott said, ``so there's no sense in beating him up on the first day. Let another day go by, let his body feel better so he'll be prepared to play on Friday.''
Butler is averaging 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

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