Butler and Billups return to the lineup

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler and guard Chauncey Billups returned to the starting lineup Wedneday against the Houston Rockets after missing Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of sore lower backs.

Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he would monitor both players' minutes but that they looked good and barring any setbacks Wednesday would also be good to go Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers will have a one-week break in between their games during the All-Star break, as they will not play again until Feb. 21 after their game against the Lakers on Thursday.

The return of Billups and Butler means the Clippers once again have a fully healthy roster after getting all their players back onto the court for the first time this season last week in Miami.