There was no joy in “Clippers-Land” on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Clippers found out that their worst fears were confirmed; starting guard Chauncey Billups season had come to an end after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon in a win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The “Los Angeles Times” has reported that the 35-year-old veteran will be out about eight months after an MRI at a Cleveland hospital revealed the tear. Billups was injured during the fourth quarter of the Clippers overtime victory over Orlando, the veteran fell to the floor and when he tried to get up he realized he could not put any pressure on his left leg. Billups had to be assisted back to the locker room.
The “New-Look” Clippers were playing their basketball in many years as they currently lead the NBA Pacific Division with a record of 15-7, and Billups plus his mate in the back-court Chris Paul were key figures in the team’s success. Billups had been released in December by the New York Knicks via the NBA Amnesty Clause and the Clippers claimed the veteran on waivers. He had averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game this season.
Los Angeles is fortunate to have depth at the guard position and will most likely elevate last year’s starter Mo Williams from bench duty to fill the void left by Billups. Randy Foye will most likely see his share of minutes on the floor increase as well. The Clippers will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.