Jan 20, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick (4) shooting guard Jamal Crawford (middle) small forward Jared Dudley (9) center DeAndre Jordan (back right) and small forward Hedo Turkoglu (back left) celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Clippers beat the Pistons 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Redick to Start versus Los Angeles Lakers


If you’re looking for a reason to tune in to the Clippers 3:30 (12:30 pm central) matchup against the Lakers, Redick being inserted into the starting lineup could be one.

In his return from injury, J.J. Redick scored 12 points in 29 minutes of play against the Dallas Mavericks after missing 25-ish games due to a bulging disc to the back. Although he shot 3-of-10 from the field, it was a pleasant site to see his movement wasn’t limited as Doc Rivers used him the same way he had all season. Rust was the sole reason for poor field-goal percentage as he missed shots that are in his repertoire.

Moving Redick back into the lineup allows the guard to get back in rhythm with the starting lineup. Since injuring himself, Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison have both spent time starting at shooting guard to make up for Redick’s absence. Besides, what’s a better way than playing against the Los Angeles Lakers to allow Redick to find himself prior to the playoffs.

With Redick back in the starting lineup, Darren Collison moves back to a reserved role. With Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford all facing injuries on the season, Collison has done a solid job in their place, averaging 14.7 points as a starter.

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