Different day. Same news.
According to Doc Rivers in the pre-game conference, both J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford will be unavailable tonight as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Earlier this week, news emerged that the team would be making a decision on J.J. Redick’s season soon. Since early February, the shooting guard hasn’t made an appearance on the court as he’s dealing with a back injury. Based on how things are looking, my educated guess would be that Redick is done for the season, but I wouldn’t hedge my bets on the team completely shutting him down. Unlike the Clippers of the past years, this team has a chance to appear in the NBA Finals. That means from now until June, Redick would have enough rehab time to return if the back injury does no further damage from now until then.
And Redick isn’t the kind of player that will throw the rest of the offense off-key. He works best without the ball and with his ability to knock down the open shot, defend opposing shooting guards and open up the floor from everyone else, implementing him back in the offense, even after missing several months of action, would be a small task for Doc Rivers.
The case for Jamal Crawford is a bit simpler than Redick. After making an appearance against the Hawks on the 8th, it’s clear that, if needed, Crawford could make an appearance. But as a safety precaution for the future, Rivers is holding out on Crawford’s return until his calf is 100 percent healthy.
“Jamal’s is one of those nasty little calf injuries that you feel like he’s getting better, but you can’t take that risk. If he goes down again with that we may not see him.”
Until Crawford returns, Darren Collison will continue to start in his place.