Paul, Billups return to Clippers' lineup

6:09 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - For the first time in more than two months, the Los Angeles Clippers will have their entire core together when they take the court Friday against the Miami Heat.

Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Blake Griffin will all be in the starting lineup when the Clippers face the defending world champions, with Paul returning from a nine-game absence and Billups to play for the first time since Dec. 3.

Additionally, sixth man Jamal Crawford is also slated to play for Los Angeles after sitting out Wednesday's 86-76 win over Orlando with a sore shoulder.

Paul has sat out 12 of the Clippers' last 14 contests due to a bone bruise on his right kneecap. The All-Star point guard was initially hurt on Jan. 12, but returned to action a week later and appeared in two games before aggravating the injury at Golden State on Jan. 21.

Billups has been active for only three games this season because of an inflamed tendon in his left foot and offseason Achilles surgery. The veteran guard has averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 assists in his limited action.

Griffin had started 197 consecutive games prior to missing the last two with a strained left hamstring, an injury the 2009 No. 1 overall pick sustained during pregame warmups before the Clippers' tilt at Washington on Monday.

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