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Clips' Livingston recovering well from knee surgery, may return this season

LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers received an encouraging report
on guard Shaun Livingston, who hasn't played since severely
injuring his left knee 10½ months ago.

"The medical team feels he's going to make a full recovery,"
team president Andy Roeser said at halftime of Wednesday night's
game against the Orlando Magic. "There's a pretty good chance
he'll be on the court before the end of the season.

"The most significant thing is whether he makes a full
recovery. It's significant that we think he can make a full
recovery."

The 22-year-old Livingston tore parts of his anterior cruciate
ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament
and lateral meniscus in a game against Charlotte last Feb. 26.

"I would say at this point, it's kind of month-to-month,"
Roeser said. "In the next 30-to-60 days, he's going to have to
work more on strength."

Livingston was examined Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., by James
Andrews, who performed reconstructive surgery on the 22-year-old
guard's knee last March.

"It was very encouraging," general manager Elgin Baylor said.
"The doctor was very pleased with his progress."

Roeser said Livingston will probably be examined again next
month.

Livingston, chosen by the Clippers out of Peoria (Ill.) Central
High School with the fourth pick in the 2004 draft, has been
hampered by injuries and has yet to play a full season in the NBA.

He missed 39 games during his rookie season because of a
dislocated right knee, and another 12 that season because of torn
cartilage in his right shoulder. He sat out the first 21 games in
his second season because of a stress reaction in his lower back.