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Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:22 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 8:01 am
Billups could possibly be done for the season with a serious Achilles injury. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver

Update (Tuesday): The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Clippers' worst fears have been confirmed. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro told the paper that an MRI test has revealed a torn left Achilles' tendon for guard Chauncey Billups, an injury that will cause him to miss the rest of the 2011-2012 NBA season. 

The Clippers confirmed the news in a statement on their website on Tuesday.
Billups underwent an MRI today at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio which confirmed the injury. He will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. A date for surgery is yet to be determined.

Billups, who was claimed off of amnesty waivers after he was released by the New York Knicks, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Original Post (Monday):

The Clippers' dream season might have been dealt a major blow.

With 5:48 left in the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups injured his left Achilles tendon. But not just a tweak type of thing. Billups was helped off the court and didn't return.

According to the L.A. Times, Billups will be evaluated Tuesday when the team arrives in Cleveland.

“He’s going to be re-evaluated,” coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters after the game. “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.”

HoopsWorld reports that Billups could potentially be finished for the season.
Many of Billups teammates commented in the locker room that Billups 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 and walking 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” shaking his head.

Yahoo! Sports adds this via a source: "Doesn't look good. MRI tomorrow. I'm sick for him."

Obviously more information will be available Tuesday once Billups has all the necessary tests done, but if the Clippers have indeed lost Billups for the remainder of the season, that could change their positioning in the Western Conference. Not only is he a steady veteran player, but he's also their starting shooting guard. Subtract him and the Clippers' backcourt suddenly gets very thin with either Mo Williams or Randy Foye having to step into the starting five.

Billups, 35, would likely miss 12 to 16 months if it's an Achilles tear. Regardless of what it is, it appears to be a significant injury that will cost him some time. 


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:19 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Adios Clippers! It was fun while it lasted.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:12 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

wrong!  bittersweet is the victory & subsequent loss of Billups.  

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:44 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

This is horrible for Chauncey Billups and The Clippers.  He's such a great and competetive athlete!  I loved when The Celts drafted him.  I hated when Pitino traded him months later after darfting him!.  Pitino didn't give that young team time to gel!  It was such a stupid move!  The Clippers will still be good but they need to step it up if they want to win the division!  I hope for a successful recovery for Chauncey Billups. 

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:59 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:41 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Sucks for Chauncey and the Clips.  I disagree with the Posts saying Lakers are the team to beat however.  Clippers are still better than the Lakers even without Chauncey.  The Thunder is the Team to beat.  Lakers are yesterday's news.  Maybe they can "turn it on when they want" like the old days with Shaq, but I don't think so.  Road record is pitiful, and the Laker Mystique is gone.  They simply do not scare teams any longer. 

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:27 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Man, is everyone not understanding the "bittersweet" phrase stupid or what? Plain and simple...Del Negro simply referred to the OT win against Orlando as bittersweet since he knew Chauncey got hurt badly. Now move on with your over-sensitive lives!

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:16 pm

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

I totally agree with this email.."what part of this injury is SWEET"! Mr.Billups is a valuable piece of the CLIPPERS assult on the NBA for tenure as a team of competitors...If he is out for any length of time would be a blow, but not a crippling one. We still have Mo Williams ,Ryan Gomes, and a 2nd year player on the mend in Eric Bledsoe to carry on in his short absence. We certainly will miss Chauncey Billups for his leadership,  professionalism & guile...He would certainly want us to carry on as a TEAM & win this respect that has been a long time coming! Wink

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:39 am

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

The bittersweet is due to the rumors about Moe Williams being unhappy with his role off the bench, a lot of teams were starting to make offers and inquiring about Moe's availability... Del Negro doesn't want to see any of his guard rotation change because Moe is a valued asset as sixth man and a spark for the second unit while he rests CP3 AND Billups because he can play boith their positions just as well if not better at times. I also think the rumors about the Clippers interest in obtaining J.R.Smith kind of spooked Del Negro because he doesn't need or want another headcase and Mgmt might look at obtaining J.R. as the perfect storm because if they send Moe somewhere and get another big man in return the aquisition of J.R.would also help at he starting SG and backup SF behind Caron Butler... IE: BITTERSWEET!     

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:37 am

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

Wonder is they would consider Rodney Stucky for a #1.  Clips are going to be picking late it looks like.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:27 am

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

JR Smith welcome to the Clippers

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