All Chauncey Billups had to do was show up and the mood in the locker room improved.
''It's definitely bittersweet,'' Billups said. ''I would just like to be walking in and putting my jersey on, of course, going out there and fighting with the guys. Obviously, I can't do that. But on the flip side, it's just really good to see the guys and see them just as happy to see me.''
The five-time All-Star is done for the season because of a torn left Achilles tendon. He was at Staples Center on Saturday morning before the Los Angeles Clippers played the Houston Rockets.
Billups was injured Feb. 6 during a 107-102 overtime victory at Orlando and had surgery eight days later. The Clippers were 15-7 when they learned Billups' season was over. They have been playing close to .500 ball since, with losses in five of their last seven. During the 15-year veteran's absence, Randy Foye has been starting at shooting guard.