During the forth quarter of the Clippers vs. Magic game, Chauncey Billups attempted to make a simple right turn but instead fell to the ground. No one was around him; no collision or contact was involved. He just fell over. The reason for the fall was because he tore his left Achilles tendon. This type of injury for 35 year-old, five-time NBA All-Star, and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP will have trouble coming back from. While being interviewed, Billups told Yahoo! Sports by phone that,“ I will be back. I’m not done. I’m not retiring. I will definitely be back. This has been the story of my career, coming back, fighting, scrapping and I will play again. “
Billups is one of the most respected players in the game and one of the great leaders in the league right now. Being a clutch performer in the fourth quarters, he didn’t get the nickname “Mr. Big Shot” for no reason. This is a major loss for the Clippers, but leads to the question……
What does this mean for the Clippers now?
As of right now, the L.A. Clippers are the second best team in the Western Conference with a record of 15-7. Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups have learned to play with each other and for the most part perfected the two point-guard system. Now the Clippers still have Mo Williams, Randy Foye and Eric Bledsoe to step into Chauncey’s starting position, but will they have the same affect as Chauncey did?
Will Mo, Randy, or Eric be as affective with Blake Griffin as Chauncey was? With Chauncey being done for the season leaves a huge whole for one of these other point guards to fill, if the Clippers want to be title contenders this year.
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