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Foot injury keeps Chauncey Billups out of Clippers-Hornets game

It's the eighth straight game the basketball player has missed because of peroneal tendinitis. He is eager to play but is 'trying not to jump the gun.'

December 19, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Chauncey Billups has been sidelined for eight games with peroneal tendinitis and says there is no timetable for his return.
Chauncey Billups has been sidelined for eight games with peroneal tendinitis… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Chauncey Billups got therapy Wednesday for what the Clippers said is peroneal tendonitis in his left foot.

Billups said there is no timetable for his return to playing again.

"I'm not really practicing on the court yet," Billups said. "When I get to do that, then we can assess that."

Billups said the team doctors and Clippers trainer Jasen Powell have recommended rest for right now.

"I'm just trying to let the inflammation go down," Billups said.

Billups, who has played in three games this season, missed his eighth consecutive game with the injury.

He had missed the first 14 regular-season games rehabilitating a left Achilles' tendon tear.

"I'm good," Billups said. "As long as the team is playing good, I'm just trying to get better. I'm trying to get healthy. I'm being patient with it. I'm trying not to jump the gun. I just want to be patient and be right."

Billups, 36, said it has been tough to not play.

But the Clippers keep winning, meaning Billups can take his time before he comes back.

"Of course, you're always frustrated when you're not playing," Billups said. "But I'm not going to let that overwhelm me."

Odom in pain

Lamar Odom said he got two root canals Tuesday morning, but he still played Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.

Odom's jaws were swollen, and he was taking pain medication.

"I didn't want to get it done on the road," Odom said. "So I had to wait until we got back home. Man, this is bad. I'm sore."

Clippers' chemistry

Before the season started, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he explained what every player's role would be.

Del Negro said because the players have bought into what he talked about, the Clippers have had good chemistry.

All 12 players are averaging double-figures in minutes played, led by Chris Paul's team high of 33.1 minutes per game.

"Guys have to buy into the team concept and do things," Del Negro said. "When the team was put together, it was explained to everyone that this was his role and this is how I envisioned it and this is what we want to do.

"If you want to be a part of it, we want you. If you don't, then we'll move on. That's how it was presented to everybody. It's not easy, but I think our guys have shown some good character."


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