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Report: Clippers considering shutting down J.J. Redick for season

Mar 13, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

J.J. Redick AP

J.J. Redick has missed more than a month and counting with a bulging disc in his back.

He’s a strong shooter and underrated defender – the type of role player the Clippers surely want for their playoff run.

Or not?

The Orange County Register (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

The team will determine in the upcoming weeks whether Redick is healthy enough to rejoin the team. If he’s not, the club will likely shut Redick down for the rest of the season in an attempt to have him ready for training camp next year.

I don’t understand why the Clippers would self-impose a deadline on this.

Sure, they’re playing well with Darren Collison or Jamal Crawford at shooting guard. They’ve won nine straight games and gone 12-3 overall with Redick sidelined.

But what’s the harm in hoping he can return later, even if he’s not ready “in the upcoming weeks”?

In Redick’s 863 minutes with the Clippers, their offensive rating has been 113.3 – a better mark than anyone on the team had produced. There’s very clearly potential here for him to help.

Sure, there might be issues re-acclimating him, and the Clippers surely don’t prefer to do that during the heat of the playoffs. Considering Redick is in his first year in Los Angeles, that certainly won’t be seamless.

But Redick doesn’t even need to start. Heck, he doesn’t even need to play.

He just deserves a chance to get back into the rotation. Willie Green hasn’t been so great that Redick can’t overtake him for the backup role.

And if Redick proves incapable of doing that, no big deal. But the Clippers would at least know they gave themselves the best chance to find the players who can help them win a championship this season.

  1. sportsnut101 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    just shut him down for the next month in a half should be ready for 2nd rd

  2. readysethike - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    maybe they put a deadline on whether they should shut him down for the season because they need a certain number of players to dress as they head into the playoffs. so instead of just waiting for him to come back they can move ahead with what their rotations will need to be if he will not be able to go.

    • spursareold - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      You can set your active roster each game in the playoffs.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        When did that rule change? From my understanding you had to have your roster set for the playoffs, unlike in the regular season.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      It’s crazy but they’re so stacked they wouldn’t even miss someone as good as Redick.

      Granger can easily fill this role even though he’s a SF and potentially a PF in a small lineup…

  3. chunkala - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    12-3 without him? You might be overrating him as a defender.

  4. conjecture101 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    All we heard about in the off-season was how monumental the additions of JJ Reddick & Jared Dudley would be for the Clippers. I think we’re finding out how irrelevant advanced statistics are to NBA coaches and how far away they are from being reliable sources for player analysis.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Dudley has been a big disappointment (and I thought he would be great). Reddick has played very well when healthy.

      • conjecture101 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        When you write “played very well” it is such a subjective phrase, unless you’re analyzing Reddick’s performance strictly by statistics, in which case my original comment becomes even more appropriate. I have no doubts that Reddick has performed diligently up to his potential, however this particular situation seems to be more about what Doc thinks will win him playoff games, as that is the purpose for which he was hired.

  5. savvybynature - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Sounds like maybe the team is trying to give him a little extra motivation to fight through the injury and rejoin the team. If that’s the case, the Clippers are dumb. Back injuries are tricky and they should be trying to protect their investment, not rush him back from an injury (which is the likely result of this report, intentional or not).
    I think the Clips need Reddick to be true contenders. Yes they have played well without him, but Matt Barnes has shot well during that time and that’s not going to continue. Barnes + Jordan = poor spacing on offense

  6. ufools - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    12-3 is just the latest span….he has missed most of the 65 games they have played.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    There is no way you can put a timetable on a back injury, especially a bulging disc.Just getting out of the bed can be an ordeal, if he’s lucky he’ll back to normal in the summer before the season starts.

  8. asimonetti88 - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Are you really asking why the Clippers are doing something that doesn’t seem to make sense?

  9. conjecture101 - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    So much for Dudley & Reddick being “huge off-season moves.”

  10. jerdogthompson - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    As opposed to your Lakers? What a maroon.

  11. 00maltliquor - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Spelling moron “moroon” and HE’S the moron?

    LOL, gold!

    • beeflaqueefa - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      He’s quoting Bugs Bunny.

      Ya blew it.

    • moseskkim - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      lolol, what a maroon 5

  12. jvw1982 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Clippers have been making all the right moves lately, Since Doc I have total confidence in them doing what’s right when it comes to player acquisitions and rotations…..

  13. jerdogthompson - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM


    Maroon is an intention mispronunciation of moron.

    Clearly you never watched Bugs Bunny. Maroon is used to describe a dopey adversary. Now you know.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Epic cover-up! Bugs does say that though!


  14. adeledazim - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Shutdown or not it doesnt really matter because they gonna be exiting the 1st round.

  15. ranfan12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Looks like Neo

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