From Comcast SportsNetLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during Los Angeles' 107-102 victory over the Magic in Orlando on Monday night. The team says an MRI on Tuesday confirmed Billups' injury. Billups will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. The Clippers say a date for surgery hasn't been determined. The five-time All-Star, whom the Clippers claimed off waivers in December, was averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 assists in 30.4 minutes per game this season. Billups was having a huge night Monday, scoring 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter when he turned to run up the court and buckled to the ground with 5:48 left in the game. He was surrounded by trainers and teammates, but needed assistance on both sides to make it off the court. Billups, who was selected third overall in the 1997 draft by the Boston Celtics, is playing for his seventh NBA club. One of them was the Denver Nuggets, who dealt him to New York with Carmelo Anthony as part of a three-team, 13-player trade with Minnesota last February.
The NFL calendar takes no prisoners, which makes the precious off week hours valuable for, you know, peace of mind. Go outside and read a book! Stay inside and read a book! The Bears will provide you ample opportunities to yell at them for the next 11 consecutive weeks, so there's no point in getting worked up over today's football, right?
Right! So what Bears fans did is they went and got worked up over today's football. Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson -- both of which, you may have heard, were available to Ryan Pace during the 2017 NFL draft -- played one another for the first time in their pro careers, and it was magnificent:
Pat Mahomes is a CHEAT CODE 🤯 pic.twitter.com/9AkJLZIJcS— Whistle (@WhistleSports) October 13, 2019
This of course did NOT go over well on BearsTwitter, which is weird because usually Twitter is such an appreciative and understanding place. You know how they say that are only six types of storytelling? The same thing applies to Tweets.
There are Angry Tweets:
Still mad the Bears passed on Watson smh— Red Mayo (@Red_Mayo) October 13, 2019
Watson is such a f^<£ing gamer...again worth noting...I wanted Bears to draft him 😑— 🤨 (@Chicagonzo708) October 13, 2019
The Bears really chose Tribuisky over Watson.... Chicago sports continue to disappoint— Maybe: Jacoby (@Getthebagcoach) October 13, 2019
There are Sad Tweets:
I feel bad for Mitch Trubisky. Through no fault of his own, he's destined to be the Sam Bowie of the NFL after being drafted No. 2 over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) October 13, 2019
Deshaun Watson is so good. What could have been, Bears, what could have been.... 🤷🏽♂️— Steve Hudgin (@SteveHudgin) October 13, 2019
I cried draft night when the Bears did NOT draft Deshaun Watson. Especially after back to back National Championship appearances, shredding 2 phenomenal Bama defenses. 405 passing yards and 4 TDs in 2016, and 420 passing yards and 3 TDs winning the 2017 National Championship— BR (@benjyreiff) October 13, 2019
I mean, how do the Bears not draft Watson? Mahomes I get, nobody saw this coming, but Watson?! Lead his team to a Natty, 2x Heisman finalist, and like 10 other national awards I’ve never heard of. This is a lay up!! https://t.co/Bm1qOnenqe— John Grayson 🏴☠️ (@JRGrayson) October 13, 2019
Deshaun Watson beats the Goat Patrick Mahomes and yes the Bears still drafted Mitchel Trubisky pic.twitter.com/IqWypDv3Ty— MJA (@MJA773) October 13, 2019
There are Trolling Tweets:
The Trubisky Bowl https://t.co/6iyLLuck4C— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 13, 2019
Watson AND Mahomes going head to head today? Bears twitter gonna be on fire pic.twitter.com/R1QiU8sXKM— Anthony (@_CrossingALine_) October 13, 2019
how could the bears look at watson and mahomes and take trubisky? hahahaha dumbest pick in recent memory— Dr. loomis (@patsfandave32) October 13, 2019
Bears fans watching Patrick Mahomes & Deshaun Watson face each other today pic.twitter.com/QoccQsd15L— Skyler Carlin (@skyler_carlin) October 13, 2019
This Patrick Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson duel in Kansas City is fun. Good thing the Bears passed on both of them to take Mitch Trubisky. pic.twitter.com/XAzuuY887Y— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 13, 2019
And finally there are Over-Written Tweets That Love The Dramatic Standalone Final Punchline:
I know people will gripe at those who harp on the Bears picking Trubisky over Watson and Mahomes, but I think it is understandable.— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) October 13, 2019
Bears haven't had a good quarterback since Sid Luckman. Want to get mad at those two playing at a high level & Trubisky not?
I think that's fine.
Trubisky losses in 2019:1— Jarod (@JarodFTS) October 13, 2019
Mahomes losses in 2019:2
Watson losses in 2019:2
Clearly the right choice #Bears100
Hope everyone's enjoying their peaceful week off!
We must be a long ways off from another Packers game, because Aaron Rodgers is saying nice things about Bears players right now.
“When I think about outside linebackers, I think about Lance,” he told me. “When I compare him to other guys who started for a long time over the years in those spots with other teams, especially division teams, there is just no comparison. Sean Lee had a good run for a long time as a weakside ‘backer. But I think Lance was definitely more dominant and more impactful and did more.”
Rodgers goes on to call for Briggs' inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which figures to be a commonly-held opinion now that the league-mandated five year waiting period has passed.
Rodgers wasn't the only great player to weigh in on Briggs' talent. Pompei talked with Steve Hutchinson, Rod Marinelli, Ron Rivera, and Brian Urlacher. The latter even gave his best Retired NFL Player Opinion:
“Some of the hits he had were unbelievable,” Urlacher says. “He couldn’t even play in today’s game. Too physical.”
If you're a Bears' fan jonesing for a trip down memory lane while on the bye week, Pompei's piece is a good place to start.