Billups To Suit Up, Start For Clippers




HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If veteran guard Chauncey Billups can do anything to cure what ails the Los Angeles Clippers, losers of four straight games, we will all find out tonight.

Billups is expected to make his season debut tonight against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV), per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

It’s an injury return that couldn’t come at a better time for the Clippers, who have found themselves embroiled in one mess after another lately during their mini-slump.

Vinny Del Negro is suddenly on the hot seat (his normal spot, nothing new) and the Clippers are struggling to find the rhythm they had when they kicked off the season on a 8-2 surge.

Chris Paul was critical of his team’s effort, and some people feel his head coach, Vinny Del Negro, after Monday’s loss to the New Orleans Hornets. He even tweeted about it, creating an uproar with words that lacked the context of his more nuanced reaction that only some seemed to pay attention to:

“We lost to a very … let me choose my words … not a very talented team but well coached,” Paul said. “I watch them play every game that they play. One thing about [coach] Monty [Williams] is they’re going to play hard. If you watch their games, they been to a couple of overtimes and they’ve only been in a couple of blowouts, which were against Denver and Oklahoma City. They’re going to play hard. … With those guys playing like that and us waiting until the fourth quarter to turn it on, it’s going to be tough.”

Paul’s praise for his former coach, Williams, was seen as a direct shot at Del Negro.

The return of the Clippers’ most prominent leader not named Paul, however, could be the infusion of positive energy needed to get this team back on track.

Of course, Billups hasn’t played since he tore his left Achilles tendon┬álast Feb. 6. Before that injury he was playing a critical role alongside Paul, averaging 15 points and four assists, in one of the most dynamic backcourts in the league.

Now he joins not only Paul, but his replacement, Willie Green, and bench stars Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe, in what has to be one of the deepest and most explosive backcourt rotations in all of basketball.

24 Comments

  1. Patty says:

    Billups will make a positive difference for the clippers.

  2. dattebayo says:

    I think Del Negros seat is gettin a lot hotter tonight. Clips are strugglin and the Wolves just bounced back and ended a turrible 5 game losing streak against the Kings. Last year the Pups went 3-1 against the Clippers and won both games in L.A.. Hope they win again, go Puppies :D
    And Billups in the lineup actually helps the Wolves a bit. Ridnour can guard Billups and Lee can try and slow down CP360.

  3. smooth spark says:

    Now there is GENUINE LEADERSHIP on its way!!! Good luck Mr. Smooth and make us all happy again in Lob City!

  4. melOBigshOtDenver says:

    Congratz..! Finally Mr.BigshOt AGAIN…

    Bi.. Bi… Bi.. Bi..BiLLUPPpPPPPSSSsSSSSS…

    I fine Veteran And GeNeral Of the Court..:)))))

  5. Brandon Jennings says:

    look at all these bandwagons. ^^^^

  6. Game Time says:

    Very exciting news for us Clipper fans. Hope he has a huge debut.

  7. Mr. Big Shot says:

    I started screaming when I saw this! Billups is here to end the losing streak!!!

  8. daniel says:

    YES! save my fantasy team, PLEASE

  9. Alex says:

    My Favorite Player, Mr. Big Shot is BACK!!!

  10. ko0kie says:

    hopefully he can play like he did the start of last season..and they still have grant hill injured.. he will give them a boost as well..

  11. BRENT says:

    Ths Clipps are fun to watch except for Jamal Crawford! He is the last guy I would want on my team. I would put him on the All Overated NBA First team! I have a natural hate for Portland as a long time Jazz fan, and nothing thrilled me more than Crawford signing with them… I dont get all the pub he gets… People are way to high on him… I love seeing him come in to town because I know that odds are good that the more he plays, the better chances of us winning!!!

    • Game Time says:

      Blinded by bias ^

    • Hm says:

      The current publicity is well-deserved. The only bench player in the league to lead his team in scoring and he’s been helping the Clippers win games offensively. Bledsoe is the same way, only he does it on both ends of the floor. That’s not to say Crawford is awful on D though.

  12. DWM says:

    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I already used up my two trades on my fantasy basketball for the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Dew says:

    B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-Billups!!!

  14. Jason Ramroop says:

    Yes Mr. Big Shot is back. Looks like he’s gonna make one,last run before retiring and begin inducted into the hall of fame

  15. JSmoothe says:

    Now if only they could also make Billups the coach we’d be set…players do not respect, let alone fear Del Negro. Vinny is the reason for their slump…the league has adjusted to them and he hasn’t made any changes…same lineup, same rotation,etc…Dantoni and his O would have been perfect for this team. Chauncey ‘s return will make them better DESPITE the coach.

  16. balling 101 says:

    watch out for those clippers!!!!!!!!!!

  17. ghavri says:

    with billups back clips have real deapt and experience 3 point shooting

  18. roshan says:

    YESSSSS!

  19. Kyle says:

    YESSSSS!!!

  20. YES says:

    FINALLY BILLUPS!!!!!!!VERY MUCH NEEDED!!!!!!!

  21. clips says:

    love it

  22. YEAAAHH! says:

    WELCOME BACK MR. BIG SHOT!! REALLY GOOD NEWS!!