Reported by multiple media outlets, J.J. Redick has finally returned to practice.
Instead of being out for what the Los Angeles Clippers called a “bruised quad”, Redick noted that he was really dealing with a partial tear in his left quad.
“It was a partial tear muscle in there, but it was not serious. But it was significant enough that two weeks of rest was the required time off. It wasn’t just a thigh bruise or anything like that. I probably would have been able to play through that.”
It is far from uncommon that a team lies about the actual injury a player is suffering, so this shouldn’t come off as a shock. What’s important is that Doc Rivers and company feel that Redick is ready to return to the court. Rivers noted Redick may play in Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz, but added that there may be a ‘minutes limit’.
With the season around the corner, getting reps with the starting lineup is what’s key for the remainder of the preseason, but Redick has a game that could fit with any offense. And even if he doesn’t have the offense down pact or the chemistry that a Willie Green with Chris Paul and company at the moment, his presence on the floor will still make him invaluable to the starters.
Quotes via the Los Angeles Times
Other Injury News
Reggie Bullock (sore right knee) is making strides… practiced the last two days.
— Eric Patten (@EricPatten) October 22, 2013
Matt Barnes is participating in today’s practice.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) October 22, 2013
(Matt Barnes was dealing with a calf injury that’s kept him from practicing the past few weeks)
Clips guard Maalik Wayns will have surgery Friday for a torn cartilage in his left knee. Team will announce later how long he’ll be out.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) October 22, 2013