Chauncey Billups, the guard of the L.A Clippers suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, the team claimed. Basketball betting lines
Billups suffered the wound with 5:59 left in the 4th quarter of the Clippers’ 107-102 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. An MRI on the tendon in Cleveland disclosed the nastiness of the injury.
Hours later the MRI exam disclosed the tear, the 35-year-old Billups recounted he has no plans to step down.
“I am very certainly not retiring,” Billups asserted in a telephone interview.”The way my career has gone and body of work I have put in, I certainly wish to walk out on both feet. I don’t want to go out like this.”
Billups will come back to L.A. for further evaluation. His agent, Andy Miller, asserted Billups will encounter with one or two of the top consultants before undergoing surgical treatment. Billups feels he’ll come back to top form within 6 months, which would produce him, healthy in time for training camp next season. Basketball lines
Halfway thru the fourth quarter versus Orlando, Billups slid to the floor untouched after he tried to switch direction following a missed 3-point attempt. Immobilize to put any strain on the foot; he was helped off the court by his colleagues.
The Clippers’ locker room after the game was comfortless and Clippers guard Chris Paul was affective as he discussed the influence of Billups to the team.
“He is the best guard I’ve ever started with in the backcourt since I’ve been in the NBA,” Paul recounted. “I have confidence in him with anything, and that is not just on the court. We need him, no question.”
Billups was claimed off waivers by the Clippers on Dec. 12, 2 days before Paul was traded to the Clippers, helping to rebuild the picture of the Clippers over a 48-hour time span this offseason.
“Going out like I did (is rough),” Billups said.”I felt like we were coming jointly and becoming a cohesive unit. I know they’ve got to go along and try and replace me to continue on that path, but I enjoyed my time there. Once I have my surgery, I plan on being around the team and still helping improve some of the young boys and being an existence.”
Billups, who averaged 14.9 points and 4.0, assists in 20 starts for the Clippers this season, missed 2 games with a strained right groin earlier this season. Randy Foye is predicted to take Billups’ place in the starting lineup with Mo Williams, who is averaging 14.8 points and 3.8 assists, continuing to come off the bench in his existing 6th man role.
Foye has already started 6 games this season whilst filling in for both Billups and Paul and is averaging 7.2 points and 2.1 helps in 20 minutes per game.
Billups, a fifteen year vet who has played on seven teams, had his greatest victory during 6 seasons with the Detroit Pistons from 2002 to 2008 where he won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP and led the Pistons to back-to-back Finals and 6 straight conference finals appearances. If the injury does end Billups’ career, it might be depressing like the way another fantastic Pistons guard finished his career. Isiah Thomas’ 13-year career came to a close when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on the Magic 18 years back.