It might have seemed like a normal practice Thursday on the court at American Airlines Arena, but something monumental took place.
For the first time since the roster was conceived, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill and the rest of the team all worked out together – even if only for a few minutes.
"That's crazy," Billups said of the team's full practice with the players in the rotation. "It felt good to have everyone out there competing, getting the fire going and those juices flowing against one another.
"That was fun."
Billups hasn't played for the Clippers since Dec. 3 because of peroneal tendonitis in his left foot. Billups has played in only three games this season after tearing his Achilles' tendon last season.
Paul, who has missed 12 of the Clippers' last 14 games and the team's last nine with a bruised right kneecap, participated in full-court scrimmage situations.
"When Chris is ready, he'll be out there like everybody," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We just want to get bodies out there as quick as we can no matter who it is and become a complete team."
Crawford, who was a late scratch Wednesday because of a sore right shoulder, was a partial participant Thursday, as was Griffin, who missed the Clippers' last two games with a strained hamstring.
Griffin said there's a "chance" he'll play Friday against the Miami Heat depending on how he feels after the team's shoot-around Friday morning.
All four players are considered "day-to-day," though Del Negro said he was most optimistic that Billups would play Friday night.
"Hopefully, I'll wake up tomorrow, feel great and it's a go," Billups said. "But I have to wait and see how the recovery goes."
If Billups is in the lineup and Paul isn't, it's unknown whether Eric Bledsoe would move back to the bench.
"We'll see who is available tomorrow, and we'll make that decision," Del Negro said.
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