Prior to the highly anticipated matchup against the Indiana Pacers, head coach Doc Rivers spoke on J.J. Redick‘s wrist injury in the pre-game conference.
What does Redick’s injury do to your plan?
“Well, obviously, it takes out something that’s been huge for us offensively. J.J.’s movement, like I’ve been saying all year, is an offense within itself and we are setting up a lot of offense off his movement and get something else. So he’s one of those guys that when he goes out it changes a lot of what we do. We’re gonna have to do it on the run. We don’t have a lot of time to prepare for the non-J.J. minutes going out on the road right now, but we’ll have to just figure it out.”
“I’ll start Willie because I like Jamal coming off the bench. And when Matt comes back we’ll play Willie, we’ll play Reggie at the two, we’ll play all kinds of combinations. But clearly, our early offense stuff that we were really good at, it puts a big dent into that, so we just have to find another way.”
Does it help that Willie was in this position last season?
“Yeah it does. And Willie’s a pro. But we’re playing different than last year and Willie’s not gonna be running around screens like J.J., so it’s a big difference.”
How far along have you been implementing J.J. into the offense?
“Oh he’s been good. J.J.’s been so good at what he does, almost every action we run had something to do with him moving. And Willie can do all that, but there’s only a few guys that actually do that and do it effectively where you actually are worried about the movement. Half the guys do it and you’re like ‘go head, run around’. There are certain guys you have to pay attention to.”
Does this accelerate your process of having to become more defensive minded?
“No it doesn’t change at all. J.J. was terrific defensively for the most part. He’s always in the right spot. We’re gonna miss J.J. defensively because one thing he did a great job of was he knew the team defense.”
Did you watch the play where J.J. got hurt and did you feel like it was dirty?
“It wasn’t a dirty play. I thought [Demarcus] Cousins pushed off, but it wasn’t like he meant to. I don’t even know if he saw JJ, so it was just one of those things that happens in NBA games and unfortunately it happened to JJ.”