Clippers Lose Billups For The Season?
The Los Angeles Clippers may have lost guard Chauncey Billups for the season. Midway through the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic, Billups went down grasping at his shoe. His teammates converged on the court for several minutes before helping Billups to the bench and ultimately carrying him to the locker room.
Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro would not offer many details, except to confirm that it was an Achilles injury.
“He’s going to be re-evaluated,” Del Negro said. “He’s got an Achilles injury. I don’t know the severity of it, but it’s kind of bittersweet. We will see what happens but we will re-evaluate it tomorrow.”
Many of Billups’ teammates commented in the locker room that their point guard was “done,” hinting that the Achilles was more than a strain and was, in fact, a full tear.
Billups left the locker room with his foot in a boot, walked with the aid of crutches and did not speak to media.
One of the Clippers coaches commented under his breath that losing Billups was “a damn shame.”
Mo Williams said it would be on him and guard Randy Foye to pick up the slack created by Billups’ injury, but pledged that the veteran point guard would still be a part of this team, serving as an extra coach on the bench.
Billups will turn 36 years old in September and if the injury is indeed an Achilles tear, he could be sidelined for 12 to 16 months.