Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Los Angeles Clippers got some good news today. Veteran guard Chauncey Billups will play tonight against Minnesota, the first action he has seen since an Achilles tendon tear ended his season on February 6.
After a failed stint with the Knicks, Billups was claimed off waivers by the Clippers before last season and started 20 games for them before being injured. He averaged over 30 minutes and scored 14.9 points per game while providing the young team with veteran presence.
The Clippers are Chauncey's seventh NBA team and his fourth since 2008. "Mr. Big Shot" was named Finals MVP for leading the Detroit Pistons to a title in 2004. Billups left Detroit in a 2008 trade that sent him to Denver, where he played for three seasons before joining the Knicks. In addition to his Finals MVP, the 15-year veteran has also been named to the All-Star team three times and the All-NBA Second Team once.