Clippers’ Chauncey Billups Could Be Out For Season With Achilles Injury
Los Angeles Clipper guard Chauncey Billups suffered a left Achilles tendon injury Monday night, and according to the Los Angeles Times there are concerns within the organization that he could be out for the remainder of the season.
“It felt like somebody kicked me, man,” Billups told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know if it’s torn, but I know it’s not good.”
“I was backpedaling and tried to retreat and go back forward,” Billups said. “I couldn’t get up. I got up one time and I fell back down. At that point, I was just trying to get out of the game. I don’t know what it is. We’ll find out, man, tomorrow or the next day.”
After seeing the Orlando Magic’s team doctor following their 107-102 overtime win last night, Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said that Billups is scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday in Cleveland.
The Clippers acquired Billups shortly after making a blockbuster trade for All-Star point guard Chris Paul this winter. Throughout this season, the 35-year-old veteran has served as an emotional leader for the upstart Clippers who currently hold a 15-7 record.
“He’s the best guard I have ever started with in the back-court since I have been in the NBA,” Paul told the Times “I trust him with everything, on and off the court.”