On Jan. 1, 2011, Caron Butler went down because of a ruptured right patella tendon at Milwaukee when he played for the Dallas Mavericks, his season ending after knee surgery four days later.

Nearly a year after the injury, Butler played in his first regular-season game, this time as a Clipper when they played at Golden State on Dec. 25.

With the 2011-12 regular season winding down, Butler said he's just starting to get his knee right after the serious injury.

"My legs are getting more and more under me," Butler said. "I feel more and more explosive as time goes on. I'm feeling more comfortable going to the basket and finishing and doing things."