The Los Angeles Clippers trading for J. J. Redick is a bit ironic isn’t it? Why is that? Let’s rewind to last January. The Clippers were beating everybody on their way to a possible top seed in the Western Conference. The Orlando Magic weren’t beating anybody. The Magic came to Staples Center in what looked like an easy W for the home team. But the Magic hung tough as the Clippers came out flat that day.
Then late in the game Chris Paul was going for a loose ball as was Redick. The two banged knees together. Redick must have bonier knees than Paul because he was fine. But Paul was definitely in pain. 12 seconds later, with :42 on the clock, Redick gave the Magic their first lead of the game in a 104-101 win.
The Clippers fell to 28-9 after the loss. Paul tried to tough it out but after a four game win streak to run the record to 32-9, he had to sit out. With Paul out of the lineup, the Clippers lost four in a row and dropped to 32-13. From the time Paul went out at 32-9, the Clippers went 24-17. That included a seven game win streak to end the regular season. So for 34 games, the Clippers played .500 ball.
That stretch dropped them from a possible one or two seed to a four. Anyone who knows about the NBA knows the way to advance in the playoffs is to stay away from the four vs five first round match-up. The Clippers met the Memphis Grizzlies in round one instead of getting the Los Angeles Lakers or Houston Rockets. J. J. Redick was a big reason for that. And now he is a Clipper.
Having watched Redick a lot as a resident of Central Florida, Clippers fans should really be in for a nice surprise. Redick has become a very good NBA player. He gives the Clippers another three-point shooter, but he will also drive it to the hoop too. And when he is fouled he is automatic from the line. Hopefully he will make the fans forget that he did as much to wreck the Clippers 2012-13 season as any visiting player.