Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Magic’s “Superman” KO’s Billups!

After being kneed, Billips doubles over in pain
What would the Knicks do if it lost Chauncey Billups? Mr. Big Shot had already scored 30 points before he was injured by Dwight Howard and forced to leave the game to seek medical attention with 2:13 to go in last night’s nail biter between the Knicks and Magic. When the game was on the line, Howard’s hard knee to the thigh of the Knicks’ newly acquired point guard ended the its chances of a win and assured that our clutch player would no longer go to the charity stripe, where he was unstoppable, hitting 18 of 20 free throws last night in Orlando. Although Howard's foul was intentional, nothing was called by the refs. Amar'e Stoudemire’s 30 points and ‘Melo’s 25 were not enough to keep the Knicks from losing by six once Billups went out, with 116-110 as the final score.

The hard-nosed Billups, who often plays through pain, explained "Of course I've been kneed a few times, but never this bad." Limping to the Knicks locker room with what Billups later called "a pretty deep contusion," he looked like he was in excruciating pain. Billips, who was concerned about the pain and soreness long after the game’s end said that he would decide if he was able to play against the Hornets after testing the leg on Wednesday. Update: He is expected to miss at least the next two games.

The 34-year-old Billups, who Denver insisted be exchanged for the eight-year younger Raymond Felton as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, has been arguably the Knicks most consistent player in the four games since the trade. During that time, he has averaged over 23 points and six assists per game.  We will see how difficult his absence will be for the Knicks in the next two games. Hopefully it will not be much longer.

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