Updating an earlier post, New York Knicks starting point guard Chauncey Billups was unable to participate in practice on Monday calling into question his ability to play in game two on Tuesday night at the Garden.
Said Billups: “It’s really sore today, but we’re going to treat it all day today and tomorrow and see how it goes. At this point in the season, this is the worst thing that could possibly happen, getting hurt in the first game of a tough series. I know my team needs me and it’s just frustrating.”
The Knicks have not ruled out the possibility of an MRI. Billups is hoping to return to action in game three when the series heads to New York.
If Billups is unable to go, backup guard Toney Douglas will get the start. Douglas hit a key three pointer putting the Knicks ahead 85-82 on Sunday night with 37.8 seconds left in the game. Although a downgrade from Billups, Douglas has played well at times this season spelling Billups.