The Clippers played their first game without Chauncey Billups Wednesday and understandably it was a struggle.
And ultimately a loss as the fell 99-92 to the Cleveland Cavaliers to snap a four-game road winning streak.
Billups was lost Monday for the season to a torn left Achilles tendon injury and a Clippers team low an energy took the floor against the Cavaliers. Billups isn’t the Clippers leading scorer and he isn’t one of their two All-Stars,
But he is a hugely important veteran prescence and that loss of presence was felt Wednesday as the Clippers struggled against one of the lowly teams in the NBA.
The Clippers struggled from the field, hitting just 41 percent of their shots from the field.
Blake Griffin had 25 points and15 rebounds and Chris Paul had 16 points an 12 assists. Randy Foye, who started for Billups, had 15 point while former Cavalier Mo Williams finished with just five points on 2 of 10 shooting in his return to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers were without prized rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who is suffering from a concussion, but Ramon Sessions – whom the Lakers are reportedly interested in – stepped in and had 24 points and 13 assists.