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J.J. Redick Injury: Updates on Clippers Star's Back and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 29, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the second half in Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-121. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Los Angeles Clippers veteran guard J.J. Redick was dealing with back spasms after exiting the team's Feb. 2 game vs. Brooklyn. After missing three games, Redick started on Feb. 9 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Continue for updates.


Redick Starts vs. Mavericks

Monday, Feb. 9

J.J. Redick made his return to the Clippers lineup on Monday after missing the last three games with back spasms. He scored 15 points and dished out three assists in 31 minutes of action as the Clippers beat the Mavericks 115-98.

On Feb. 8, Arash Markazi of ESPN provided comments from Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who said "There is a chance" he plays in Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Rivers added, "He’s going to work out tomorrow."

Markazi reported earlier on Sunday that Redick is expected to return on Monday and compete at All-Star Weekend.

On Jan. 30, Markazi reported that Redick was out indefinitely. 

Markazi also passed along comments from Rivers, who spoke about Redick, saying "It's just spasms," Rivers said. "I think it's from that hit [against Denver]. He probably shouldn't have played, who knows, but we're just going to rest him until he's right."

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Redick Out vs. Jazz With Back Spasms

Wednesday, Jan. 28

ESPN's Arash Markazi had the news:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

J.J. Redick is out with back spasms.

The 30-year-old has never been named to an All-Star team, but he has developed into an extremely solid role player. While he showed during his days with the Orlando Magic to be a capable ball-handler and passer, his ability as a shooter has been most important for the Clips. 

Redick struggled to stay on the court last year, missing 47 games with a back and hip injury.

If he's forced to miss a significant period of time, Austin Rivers or Dahntay Jones may step into the starting lineup so Jamal Crawford can keep his usual sixth-man role. Matt Barnes may also see an uptick in minutes. 

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