There was excitement in Eric Bledsoe's voice.

Bledsoe was excited because the sore left calf muscle that kept him out of the Clippers' last five games didn't give him any pain when he was finally able to practice Friday.

He wasn't ready to declare himself ready to play Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center, saying that "I want to" and that "we'll see."

Officially, the Clippers said Bledsoe is a game-time decision.

"Yeah, I'm feeling good," Bledsoe said. "You're not going to see me over there moping anymore. I'm ready to play now. It's better."

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said that guard Chauncey Billups, who missed Wednesday night's game because of a strained right groin, practiced but didn't do any contact.

"Both of the guys will be evaluated tomorrow after shoot-around and I'll have a better feel before the game," Del Negro said about Billups and Bledsoe.

Bledsoe hasn't played since March 7, at Denver.

"I've been wanting to get out there and compete with my team," Bledsoe said. "I was playing pretty good in practice defensively. I feel good.

"With CP [Chris Paul] playing all those minutes, we've got to try and give him a break. We're going to need him."

Paul has been averaging 36 minutes a game this month.