Originally written April 20, 2013 on NBA Injury News:
Last season when the Los Angeles Clippers took on the Memphis Grizzlies, Chauncey Billups was suited up on the bench due to a torn ACL. After missing 60 games this season due to several different injuries, Billups appears to be ready to go for the Clippers' postseason opener.“I’m just excited to be out there and not have to watch, sitting in a suit,” Billups said after Friday’s practice. “It’s great for me. Obviously, I felt like I could help the team last year in the playoffs and this year I’ll have that opportunity. So, I’m just excited, really, to be back at it.”In his 22 games, Billups is averaging 8.4 points and 2.2 assists to go with an incredible 93.4% free throw percentage in 19 minutes per game. In the regular season finale, Billups scored 17 points and iced the game with four free throws near the end of regulation to hold onto the win. Chris Paul had a few words of praise for his teammate.“Chauncey is one of those guys whether he’s in the game or out of the game, once he comes back it’s like he never left.”His presence will undoubtedly be huge for the Clippers in the post-season, but coach Vinny Del Negro will look to limit his minutes early on, according to NBA.com“He’ll be limited,” Del Negro said. “Somewhere in the 20s [minutes], I don’t know where exactly yet." Follow @hoopsinjurynews
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