According to ESPN (via Ramona Shelburne on Twitter), J.J. Redick is going to miss the next 3-5 weeks of action. Experiencing soreness in his right hip, he’s already missed the Clippers’ past four games. With his back, hip and shoulder apparently ailing, the Clippers are opting to let him rest, in hopes of fresh legs come April. Over 30 games this season, Redick is averaging a career-high 15.7 points per game.
Redick can’t seem to catch much of a break this season. After missing six weeks earlier this season healing a torn UCL, Redick’s played in just 13 games before finding himself sidelined yet again. The short-lived stretch featured a scorching 114.7 points per 100 possessions, a few broken records but unfortunately, a few warnings signs as well. On a January 25th victory against the Raptors, Redick scored 18 points but experienced back spasms throughout the matchup.
What does this mean for the Clippers? Unfortunately, much of the same. They’ll have to make due with a depleted unit. Tack on another 3-5 weeks before the Clippers get to experiment with their #fullsquad— a crew whose floor time has been encouraging but few and far between. The question becomes this: Whenever Redick returns, will the Clippers’ have enough time to tinker with their starters and find the most effective formula to compete for a championship? The Clippers have basically played on a string of found limbs this season and as time runs down, the question is becoming murkier and murkier.
Official timetable on Redick’s return is “indefinite.” Hard to predict with back injuries.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 19, 2014
With Redick on the floor, the Clippers’ already potent offense skyrockets to a blistering 113.3 offensive rating. His 9.5 net rating is the highest of all the starters— probably because he spends such little time on the court without them. But the starters benefit just as much from Redick’s presence. With Crawford inserted into the starting lineup (with Dudley at the other wing spot) instead of Redick, their offensive rating drops 2.9 points. Basically, the Clippers’ offense goes from great to electric when Redick is around. Let’s hope we see him again sooner rather than later.