After missing three games with a right hip injury, LA Clippers sharpshooter JJ Redick will reportedly miss Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Doc Rivers says JJ Redick will not play tomorrow vs Portland. Anticipates his return after All Star break. #Clippers
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) February 11, 2014
Redick has been banged-up for a great deal of his first season in LA, but when he has played, the former Duke stud has been fantastic. The 29-year-old wing is averaging 15.7 points per game with 46/40/91 shooting, and when he’s cooking, the LA offense becomes borderline unstoppable.
With the All-Star break coming up, head coach Doc Rivers had this to say about the decision to sit Redick on Wednesday (per team release):
“I just don’t see the benefit of playing him one game now,” Rivers said prior to practice Tuesday. “So, let’s just sit him and see how he is out of the break. I think he’ll be good.”
This makes all the sense in the world, especially given how dominant the Clippers have been in winning back-to-back games by 20+ points. Until Redick is at full strength, it is tough to gauge just how dangerous the Chris Paul-led Clippers will be in the playoff race, but that debate will have to wait until after the All-Star break.