With things getting shaky for the Los Angeles Clippers as they approach the playoffs, the team could use guard Chauncey Billups‘ veteran presence to help right the ship.
The Clippers announced that Billups will be out for Sunday’s important match up with the Los Angeles Lakers, although Billups has said that his groin injury is improving.
“I’m getting better,” Billups said Saturday. “I hope to play before the season’s over for sure. I want to play every game. If I don’t play until the playoffs, OK. But I’d like to play a few more times before the playoffs start.”
Billups’ return may be just what the Clippers need to relieve some of the pressure the younger players may be facing at this time of the season. Starting big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are reportedly beefing, revealing just how immature some of the Clippers players still are.
The Clippers came into this season with lofty expectations and appeared to be on the road to reaching them until a second half slump brought them back down to reality. Although Billups has only played in 20 games this season and is averaging just eight points, he is playoff tested and a consummate professional that will be able to bring stability to the lineup, even if in just a limited amount of minutes.
If the Clippers are to make any type of run in the postseason, Billups health and leadership may be the key. Billups can act as the bridge that brings the Clippers together down the stretch, and Los Angeles needs him healthy now more than ever.