The Clippers' Friday night showdown with Heat just became considerably more interesting with the news that Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups are all expected to make their returns to the court, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
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All four players participated in Friday's shootaround, so the Clippers should have their entire roster ready and able for the first time this season.
Paul has missed nine straight games with a bruised right knee after a brief return from the injury. Griffin has missed the past two games due to a strained left hamstring, and Crawford missed the Clippers' most recent contest with a sore right shoulder. Billups has only been able to make it on the court for three games this season while battling peroneal tendinitis in his left foot.
It's unclear whether head coach Vinny Del Negro is set to give these gentlemen a full serving of minutes, but fans can safely expect Paul to be eased in due to the severity of his injury.