The Daily Clipper – The Mourn-ing After Edition

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Chauncey Billups #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers is guarded by Glen Davis #11 and Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Center on February 6, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Although I didn't watch the injury live, I felt so disappointed when Billups went down. My mouth went dry, a lump in my throat...I felt a 1,000+ word post from John Raffo debunking "it's the clippers" or "clippers curse" coming on and a loss to the Magic. I went about my business of putting the little ones in their bath right after Jameer and JJ's back to back 3s in OT. After a few minutes of sulking in the "curse" thoughts, while adding bubble soap to the tub, my oldest daughter comes in smiling saying "the Clippers are winning!" I hesitate, thinking she's pranking me! I say "Really!?" "uh-huh" and I know she is not joking! I run out the bathroom to see that they are up by 3 with someone (don't remember who) at the line!...That's when I knew this team will be alright without Chauncey!

Another late add to the already late DC...Good stuff from the Clippers Podcast over at espn LA.

Clippers Podcast: 2/7 - ESPN Los Angeles
Kevin Arnovitz and Jordan Heimer are joined by Eric Neel of ESPNLA to discuss the impact of Chauncey Billups' injury, the addition of Kenyon Martin and the organization's changing culture fueled by Chris Paul.

CLIPPERS: BLAKE GRIFFIN LEADS LIST OF PLAYERS FOR 2012 BBVA RISING STARS CHALLENGE ROSTER POOL
Hat tip to citizen ClipperTheorist...

For Caron Butler, playing for the Clippers is no hard time - Page 2 - latimes.com
From Orlando, Fla. -- Day 1 of getting to better know the Clippers and I'm telling Caron Butler he better not stink against the Magic because I will be writing about him.

T.J. Simers: Clippers' Vinny Del Negro takes this loss personally - latimes.com
Coach Vinny Del Negro drops his guard, and the cliches, when discussing how much Chauncey Billups means to the Clippers, and how deeply the veteran guard's season-ending injury has affected the team.

Torn Achilles' tendon sidelines Chauncey Billups for the season - latimes.com
The five-time All-Star wants to return to the Clippers next season, but it will depend on his recovery.

NBA MVP Power Rankings: Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala Ascend Without Scoring In Droves - SBNation.com
Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala don't score 30 too often, but they add incredible value in their roles. As such, you'll find them on this week's edition of the SBNation.com NBA MVP Power Rankings.

How losing Billups affects the Clippers - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images When Chauncey Billups fell to the floor with a left Achilles injury late in the Clippers' 107-102 win over the

NBA -- Jeremy Lin and other names in news - ESPN
3. Fact or Fiction: The Clippers cannot contend without Chauncey Billups. Arnovitz: Fiction,

It's no joke if Jamison is hurt: Mary Schmitt Boyer's post-game blog | cleveland.com
Antawn Jamison is a lightning rod for Cavaliers fans, who think the team should trade him for younger players or draft choices. But what he brings to the Cavs _ in addition to his uncanny ability to score _ is leadership and professionalism.

Timberwolves back in the black - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
That unprotected pick is looking better and better!

Chauncey Billups vows to return from injury - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Chauncey Billups won't play again this season because of a torn Achilles, but says his career isn't over. - National Basketball Association news

Loss of Chauncey Billups means Clippers teammates have to step up - latimes.com
Chris Paul must provide more of the steadying influence Billups brought. Several players will need to raise their on-court production.

Clippers win but also suffer a big loss: Chauncey Billups - latimes.com
Chris Paul leads L.A. past the Magic in an overtime thriller at Orlando, 107-102, but starting guard Chauncey Billups suffers an Achilles' tendon injury and it's feared he could be lost for season.

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