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Chauncey Billups Injury: Torn Left Achilles Tendon, Out For Season

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Chauncey Billups of the Los Angeles Clippers was a crucial part of this team's hopes of winning a championship. Even if Billups hasn't been performing up to his usual standards (particularly with regards to shooting), he would probably be needed down the line for his veteran leadership and clutch shooting come playoff time. The Clippers have a lot to

He will not be around for the playoffs though. Billups sustained an injury to his Achilles yesterday in a victory over the Orlando Magic, and Mike James of the Los Angeles Times confirmed the worst this afternoon.

An MRI exam Friday revealed that Clippers guard Chauncey Billups has a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Billups, who was injured in Monday’s overtime victory over the Magic in Orlando, Fla., will be out at least eight months, ending his season.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro revealed Billups’ status to Times columnist T.J. Simers during a lunch interview. Del Negro had gotten the news from Clippers trainer Jasen Powell by phone.

Without Billups, the Clippers will probably have to rely more on Mo Williams and Randy Foye to run as the primary backup guard for Chris Paul and Caron Butler. It's a very tough blow for a team that can't afford too many of them if they expect to make a surprising championship run.

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