No Chris Paul, no problem for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul, who strained his left hamstring during the fourth quarter of a NBA Picks
victory over the Lakers on Saturday, sat out Monday’s 101-91 NBA Picks
win over New Jersey. The Clippers had all five starters in double figures, but it was Chauncey Billups taking over late in Paul’s absence. Billups, who started at Paul's point guard spot, scored nine of his 20 points in the final five minutes after the Clippers blew an 18-point lead. Paul is considered day-to-day, but will travel for Tuesday night’s game at Utah. The Clippers return home to face Dallas on Wednesday. “Chris is a fighter, he's competitive, and if he can get out there, he will,” coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We'll be smart about it because we have a lot of games left. It's early in the season.” Utah, coming off a 106-96 victory at Denver, is 6-1 at home. Even more impressive, the Jazz have won 15 in a row at home against the Clippers and are an incredible 37-1 against them at EnergySolutions Arena.
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Randy Foye made his second start of the season with Paul out and had 13 points and 10 assists. “Randy Foye came in and just played an unbelievable game,” Billups said. “He had a tough defensive assignment, chasing Deron (Williams) the whole game, and we depended on him to score the ball for us and make plays. And he just came through, man. I’m really happy for him because he’s been needing to get that opportunity. He’s always ready and he’s a true professional.” 2012 AFC Championship Game Picks
ABOUT THE JAZZ (8-4):
Jazz forward Derrick Favors (sprained right ankle) is doubtful for Tuesday's game and the Jazz also could be without Josh Howard, who said his strained quadriceps tightened up on him against New Jersey for the second consecutive game. “I went out there and tried to warm it up (before Sunday's tipoff). It wasn't responding the way I wanted it to,” Howard said. “I want to get it as good as possible.” Don't miss out on NFL Picks
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1. According to sheridanhoops.com, Orlando center Dwight Howard has added the Clippers to his list of teams he would be “intrigued” in joining. The report cited an unnamed source.
2. Billups is 47 of 50 from the line this season.
3. The Clippers shot only 54.3 percent (19 of 35) from the line against New Jersey.
Free Picks PREDICTION: Jazz 97, Clippers 93