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Jamal Crawford sidelined by sore shoulder

Crawford hopes to return Friday against Miami. Chauncey Billups also might be able to face the Heat.

February 06, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Jamal Crawford is listed as day to day after suffering a shoulder injury against the Toronto Raptors, the same night he broke his nose.
Jamal Crawford is listed as day to day after suffering a shoulder injury… (Steven Senne / Associated…)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jamal Crawford tried to play, even shooting the basketball with his non-shooting left hand before the Clippers played the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

But the pain in his right shoulder was too intense, so Crawford was forced to sit this one out.

"I couldn't lift the ball over my head so I just started shooting left-handed," said Crawford. "At that point, I knew that I couldn't play. I'm banged up, man, but I'll be all right."

After the game, Crawford said his shoulder started feeling better and was hopeful that he could play against the Miami Heat on Friday.

Still, Crawford is listed as day to day.

Crawford suffered his shoulder injury during the Toronto Raptors game on Friday night, the same night he broke his nose. He played in the next two games because the Clippers had others who were injured.

Billups making progress

Chauncey Billups sat with his feet in a bucket of ice after the Clippers' shoot-around Wednesday, reminiscing about the last time he was inside the Amway Center for a basketball game.

It was Feb. 6, 2012, when Billups suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles' tendon.

Exactly a year later, Billups was back at the "scene of the crime." He has healed from the Achilles' injury, but he missed his 34th consecutive game because of tendinitis in his left foot.

"That's crazy. A year to the day," Billups said about his Achilles' injury. "The same building. It's weird. But it is what it is. I'm just happy that now I'm better. I can walk and move and run and jump. It's a long road, but I'm much better."

Billups is listed as day-to-day, but he will check Thursday to see if he can return against Miami.

"It'll give me a better gauge, really, if I am where I think I am," Billups said. "I feel good right now. I haven't gone full court."

Billups was playing three-on-three Tuesday with Clippers trainer Jasen Powell when Powell ruptured his right Achilles' tendon.

"We were just playing for five minutes too," Billups said. "When that happened, I said I'm done. I'm out of here.'"

'T' party

Matt Barnes picked up his 10th technical foul of the season against the Magic, the second-most in the NBA. Any player who gets 16 technical fouls during the regular season will be suspended for a game and fined $5,000 by the NBA.

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