There was the Phoenix Suns game Friday night in which Caron Butler made just four of 13 shots and the Minnesota Timberwolves game Tuesday night in which the Clippers small forward made one of 10 shots.

Over his last seven games, Butler has made 23 of 71 shots (32.3%) from the field. He has made two of 17 three-point attempts over that span.

Clearly, Butler has struggled in recent games.

"He's getting pretty much the same looks," Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "They're just not going in right now. Obviously, we need his production."

Still, Del Negro said he's not worried about Butler, even though he has scored in double figures just twice in the last seven games.

Del Negro recognizes that defenses have been playing Butler differently ever since Chauncey Billups was lost for the season because of a torn left Achilles' tendon injury.

"When Chauncey was here, we had more spacing and he was such a threat," Del Negro said. "Caron probably is getting a little more attention than he was before. But he's had good looks. He had good looks last night. He just wasn't able to knock them down."