PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, who has missed the last two games with a strained right groin, practiced with the team for the second day in a row and said he would be in the starting lineup Wednesday night when the Clippers play the Houston Rockets.
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"I'm playing," Billups said. "I did it all; I did everything (in practice). I'm fine."
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he would wait until shootaround to make a final determination on Billups' status but sounded optimistic that the 15-year veteran would be back in the starting lineup.
"I expect him to play but we'll see how he looks at shoot around tomorrow," Del Negro said. "It's a long season but Chauncey looked good."
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.