The Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) were ecstatic to get Chauncey Billups back last week, after he missed the first 14 games of this season rehabbing his torn Achilles tendon. Unfortunately, his long-awaited return only lasted one week exactly. The Clippers announced Wednesday that the 36-year-old guard is out indefinitely with peroneal tendinitis in his left foot.
The good news is that the injury is unrelated to his left Achilles that he tore on February 6th last season, which kept him off of the basketball court for almost 10 months. The bad news is of course losing Billups just one week after making his return from that horrible injury.
This injury leaves the Clippers with no choice but to play without Billups once again, something they have become pretty accustomed to by now. Billups played in just 20 games last season before his injury and played in just three games since making his return last week. So the Clippers have actually played in a lot more games without Billups in the lineup than they have played with him in it.
That doesn’t make this injury any less devastating than it already is, but playing without Billups is nothing new for the Clippers. The Clippers started Willie Green during the first 14 games of this season at shooting guard, who didn’t see the floor at all when Billups returned. He will be placed back into that role and they shouldn’t skip a beat. This team also has the depth to handle this situation, especially with shooting guard Jamal Crawford coming off of the bench, averaging 17.8 points per game this season.
The Clippers would most certainly like to have Billups back sooner than later, but they don’t have a timetable for his return. So they are forced to play without him again for the time being, which really shouldn’t be such a hard task for them to do these days.
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