The Los Angeles Clippers received some good news on Monday. J.J. Redick, who was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a fractured right wrist as well as a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in Los Angeles’ victory over the Sacramento Kings on November 29, now may be returning to the court sooner than expected.
Some good news for Clippers. I hear JJ Reddick is ahead of schedule in his return from broken hand. Now targeting Jan. 15 return
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 16, 2013
Redick, 29, has clearly been missed in the Clippers’ starting rotation. He spreads the floor on offense and provides quality defense after steadily improving from his earlier years in the league. The team had a 12-5 record with him in the lineup, and have gone just 4-4 since he has been absent.
Willie Green started in place of Redick through the next seven games, but struggled, amassing double-digit point totals just once and shooting 29.5 percent from three-point range. He was replaced by Jamal Crawford, who dropped 17 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
The eighth-year guard out of Duke has been putting together his best season in the league. He is averaging career highs in points (15.8), field goal percentage (46 percent) and free throw percentage (92.7 percent, fifth in the league).
The Clippers host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, January 15 – Redick’s potential return date.