Chauncey Billups Could Miss Game 2 Of Celtics Vs. Knicks With Strained Knee

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Chauncey Billups Injury Likely To Sideline Guard For Game 2 Of Celtics Vs. Knicks Series

It's looking more and more like Chauncey Billups' injury suffered in Game 1 in the Knicks' 2011 NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics will keep him out of action for Tuesday's Game 2. Billups, who suffered a strained knee in the final minute of the Knicks' 87-85 loss on Sunday, is "almost out" for Game 2, according to Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.

Via Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com:

New York Knicks guard Chauncey Billups is still listed as doubtful for Game 2 Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics, and upon being prompted, coach Mike D'Antoni went a step further and said Billups was "almost out."    

If Billups cannot play, Toney Douglas would likely start in his place, with Anthony Carter receiving more minutes. Douglas is traditionally used as a spark off the bench, but he did hit a pivotal shot to put the Knicks up three in the closing minute on Sunday.

The Knicks and Celtics will play at 7 p.m. on TNT on Tuesday night.

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Chauncey Billups Injury Could Knock Knicks' Point Guard Out Of Game 2 Against Celtics

Chauncey Billups may not be able to play in Game 2 of the New York Knicks' first-round NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics after straining a knee ligament at the end of Game 1 Sunday evening. Billups told the media following the game that his knee buckled on a layup attempt in the final minutes of the Knicks' two-point loss, and he had a lot of pain in the locker room.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, they get no extra rest before Game 2, scheduled for Tuesday in Boston. Without Billups, the Knicks would have to rely more on Toney Douglas, who shot 3-8 in 25 minutes on Sunday. Billups was pretty bad against Rajon Rondo and the Celtics, shooting 3-11 for 10 points with three turnovers and four assists. Rondo, meanwhile, went just 5-14, but had nine assists to one turnover.

See our full coverage of Celtics vs. Knicks.

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Chauncey Billups Injury: Knicks Guard Strained Knee In Celtics Series Opener

Losing game one to the Boston Celtics on a Ray Allen game-winner is pretty bad. Losing Chauncey Billups to a knee injuryfor the rest of the series would be even worse for the New York Knicks, though that's still up in the air for now. The New York point guard suffered a strained knee ligament in the game's final minute while driving for a layup, with Anthony Carter filling in for the rest of the game.

It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to return for game two, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19. 

Billups produced 10 points and four assists in 35 minutes on the day. Though his absence was brief, it was apparent, as Carmelo Anthony could've been provided a better opportunity for the last shot than the one he got -- a contested deep three.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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