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Back troubles further sideline Clippers' Livingston

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston, whose rookie season was curtailed by an injury, has a back ailment that will further delay his return to the court.

A tall, promising point guard with a somewhat frail physique,
Livingston has been sidelined with a sore lower back since the
beginning of training camp. On Friday, he was examined by back
specialist Dr. Robert Watkins at Health South Sports Medicine.

Watkins also examined results of the MRI Livingston underwent
Thursday and determined that a continued irritation remains in
the injured area of his lower back. Livingston was advised to
limit all basketball-related activity until the irritation
subsides.

On Monday, Livingston, 20, is scheduled to undergo further tests
with back specialist Dr. William Dillin to determine the extent
of the injury.

The 6-foot-7-inch, 182-pound Livingston averaged 7.4 points, 5.0 assists
and 3.0 rebounds as a rookie but missed 52 games due to a knee
injury. He returned late in the season and won Rookie of the
Month honors for April.

Selected fourth overall directly out of high school in 2004,
Livingston is being groomed as the future point guard of the
Clippers and was expected to back up newly acquired veteran Sam
Cassell this season.