- Arash Markazi, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clippers coach Doc Rivers originally pulled Redick out of shootaround before the Miami Heat game on Feb. 5 and was hoping he could be back by Sunday. When Redick missed Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rivers didn’t see the point in playing the still-recovering Redick on Wednesday, instead opting to give him another week off before the Clippers’ next game after the all-star break.
“I just don’t see the benefit of playing him one game now,” Rivers said. “So, let’s just sit him and see how he is out of the break. I think he’ll be good.”
Redick, who sat out Tuesday’s practice, said he hopes to be back at practice on Monday and be ready to play to play in next Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
“I’m waiting,” Redick said. “Hopefully, I practice [on Monday] and things heal up over the break and that’s the goal. When Doc pulled me out of shootaround Wednesday against Miami he told me take the next two games off and see how you feel this weekend. I still wasn’t ready.”
Redick missed 21 games earlier in the season with a fractured wrist and has now missed four games with a sore right hip. He has also played through a variety of injuries ranging from a bruised left knee, lower back spasms and a strained gluteal muscle.
“The strained muscle that I had going back to the Toronto game caused some nerve irritation and what we’re waiting on is for that nerve to wake back up so that my right leg can function properly,” Redick said. “Basically, I’m trying to activate muscles. I haven’t done anything on the court since the Denver game. There’s no point in me coming out here and jumping with a noodle leg.”
Redick initially wanted to play through the injury and get back on the court last week but Rivers and the assistants told him it would be better for him and the team if he came back when he was fully healed.
“[Tyronn] Lue and a couple of the other coaches talked to me and said, ‘I know it’s not in your nature but this is for the good of you and the good of the team,’” Redick said. “It’s frustrating, again, I’m not one of those guys who enjoys being out. I hate missing time. I love playing basketball. My wife is going nuts right now. I’m driving her crazy.”