Unless a miracle recovery happens, the next time we see J.J. Redick dawning a Clippers uniform will be after the All-Star break as Doc Rivers confirms the shooting guard to be out for Thursdays matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I just don’t see the benefit of playing him one game now. So, let’s just sit him and see how he is out of the break. I think he’ll be good.”
Including the preseason, J.J. Redick has missed at least 30 games this season, with the causes stemming from injuries to his quad, wrist, and now, his back and knee.
These setbacks haven’t stopped Redick from having a career year, with highs in field-goal attempts (11.7), field-goal percentage (.459), points (15.7), free-throw percentage (.914), effective field-goal percentage (.548) and Player Efficiency Rating (17.2). Without Redick the Clippers have posted an offensive rating of 106.1, a drop from the 113.3 rating when on the floor.
While his numbers are up across the board, Redick’s presence has been just as important, freeing up the floor for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to operate. That, in return, makes life easier for Redick as he’s often to recipient for wide-open threes as defense attempt to cover for Paul and Griffin.
With the Clippers having the hardest schedule post the All-Star break, Redick’s return will be vital to the Clippers getting a top-four seed in the Western Conference. At the moment Los Angeles is currently the fourth seed with a record of 36-18, higher than some would expect due to the injuries to all wings not named Jamal Crawford and the integration of wings such as Stephen Jackson, Darius Morris and Hedo Turkoglu. What Doc Rivers has done with this team is nothing short of amazing, but to get to the next level it’s going to take all able bodies being readily available as this group prepares themselves for the postseason.
The Clippers won’t have another game post-Portland until February 18th when they take on the San Antonio Spurs after the All-Star game, so that plus the gap between now and then is enough time for Redick to hope for a healthful return.
“I’m waiting. Hopefully, I practice [Feb. 17] and things heal up over the break and that’s the goal.”
All quotes are via Clippers.com