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Los Angeles Clippers More Dangerous With Chauncey Billups In Lineup

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A healthy Chauncey Billups is going to mean an even more dangerous Los Angeles Clippers, not that they weren’t already dangerous.

Billups and the Clippers were way too much for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 125-101 Valentine’s Day massacre. Billups was 5-of-7 in 3-point shooting and netted 21 points in an effort reminiscent of 2004 when he averaged 21 points in a Detroit Pistons 4-1 NBA Finals win over the Lakers. His team Thursday night was an incredible 16-of-30 in attempting triples.

Billups being able to give the Clippers excellent shooting will give his team another new dimension, noted Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Billups also had four steals.

He’s been healthy enough to play in and start six games for the Clippers with 9.3 points and 22 assists per outing. He’s a veteran of 15 seasons but Billups still has what it takes to be a dangerous NBA player and that’s why he’s fitting in so well with the Clippers, who are anxious to produce their first NBA title.

Billups is shooting 43 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the 3-point area. Both numbers are slightly higher than what he’s done in his entire career, which is strong indication he still has plenty of talent in his 36-year-old body.

What’s a plus for Billups is that he’s in the situation where he can be a supplemental player in his team’s drive to a title. Everything isn’t falling on his shoulders. It’s not that he has a great supporting cast; Billups is the supporting cast, a very strong and effective support group that has the Clippers flying high.