Clips could get Billups, Griffin, Paul back Friday
For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Clippers had all of their players in uniform and practicing Thursday, and could possibly have them all in uniform and playing Friday night against the Miami Heat if there are no setbacks.
MIAMI -- For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Clippers had all of their players in uniform and practicing Thursday, and could possibly have them all in uniform and playing Friday night against the Miami Heat if there are no setbacks.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who has sat out the past two games because of a strained hamstring, went through a light practice as did Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who sat out Wednesday night's game with a sore right shoulder.
Guards Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups also went through their first practice together in over two months. Paul has missed nine straight games (and 12 overall) with a bruised right kneecap, while Billups has only played three games this season due to peroneal tendinitis in his left foot.
All four players are officially listed as game-time decisions for Friday. Billups is the most likely to play, according to a team source, followed by Griffin, Crawford and Paul. If there are no setbacks, all four players are expected to be back by Sunday's game against the New York Knicks.
"I felt good," Griffin said after practice. "I felt really good. I didn't go full-court but I did a lot of half-court stuff and I felt good. We'll see how it is tomorrow morning and we'll make a decision from there. ... There's a chance I'll play tomorrow."
Griffin ended a streak of 197 consecutive games played when he sat out Monday's loss to the Washington Wizards with the left hamstring injury.
Billups was the player who looked most ready to return after Thursday's practice, as he went through the nearly two-hour practice with no limitations or restrictions.
"I felt pretty good out there," Billups said. "We got some really quality work in so we'll see how it feels tomorrow. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and I feel great and it's a go."
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