Los Angeles Clippers: J.J. Redick

Redick to sit out finale in Portland

April, 15, 2014
Apr 15
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick will start Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets but will be held out for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers for precautionary reasons.

Redick returned to the lineup nearly two weeks ago after recovering from a bulging disk in his lower back.

"I don't want him playing in a back-to-back," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think that's wise."

Rivers also said the Clippers hope to have Danny Granger back at practice Thursday or Friday with the hope he might be ready for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Granger has been out since March 27 because of strained left hamstring and was ruled out until the start of the playoffs soon after.

The Clippers have not had a completely healthy roster this season and if they make it through the final two games unscathed and get Granger back, their first time may be to start the postseason.

"I think we know who went want to play," Rivers said. "The problem will be how well they all play together because they haven't played together a lot. The playoffs are not the place you want to be trying to find out what's your best group."

Clippers hone in as playoffs, Warriors loom

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers will tell you he doesn’t look at the standings posted in the Los Angeles Clippers locker room. He’ll joke that they are updated daily by the equipment manager and that his players never talk about it.

But with two games left in the regular season after Saturday’s 117-101 win over the Sacramento Kings, those standings and the start of the playoffs next week are clearly the only things the Clippers are focused on. Their third-place finish in the Western Conference standings is cemented, and their opponent in the first round -- the Golden State Warriors -- is essentially locked in as well.

"We’ve already started," Rivers said when asked when the Clippers will start planning for the Warriors. "We pretty much, in our opinion, felt like that's who we were going to play for the last week or two. But I don't know how much more attention you can pay to a team than you already do anyway. It is nice. You're preparing and I'm sure they're preparing for us. It's not anything with the players. It's more the looks and the film stuff that you can start cutting and getting ready."

A first-round matchup between the Clippers and Warriors would certainly not be void of history and storylines. While both teams are young and trying to change the culture of two historically downtrodden franchises, over the past two seasons, both teams have grown a disdain for each other that is sure to boil over during the course of a seven-game series.

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AP Photo/Danny MoloshokDavis' addition has provided needed depth to the Clippers' bench and another physical player to defend the West's elite.
"I don’t know if you guys know this, but Chris [Paul] has a unique ability of getting under people’s skin. I don’t know if you guys know that about him," deadpanned Kings coach Mike Malone, who was an assistant with the Warriors the previous two seasons and coached Paul with the New Orleans Hornets for a season before that. “It’s just a competitive series. My first two years there we were 5-3 against the Clippers, and this year it’s 2-2. Every game is hotly contested.

"You have two power forwards in David [Lee] and Blake [Griffin], and David is trying prove he’s an All-Star, which he is. You have Steph[en] Curry, who is emerging and no longer wants to be under Chris Paul’s shadow. He wants to show people what he can do. The playoffs is where rivalries are made. If they play each other in the first round, it will be a great series, and I’m sure a lot of emotions will be involved."

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Rapid Reaction: Clippers 117, Kings 101

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers will be the first to admit the final three games are nothing more than a dress rehearsal for the playoffs.

After their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week, the Clippers secured the third seed in the Western Conference and can’t improve or lose that spot regardless of how the regular season plays out.

Of course, that’s not going to stop the Clippers from playing their starters and trying to win as they did Saturday in defeating the Sacramento Kings 117-101.

“We want to win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You always want to play well, but if we win does it mean we’re going to be great in the first [round]? No. It doesn’t. We’re playing a different team. So we have to be ready for that.”

How it happened: The Clippers played like a team going through the motions for the most part. They took a 14-point lead in the third quarter but allowed the Kings to get back into the game and make it a one-possession game before finally pulling away for the win.

What it means: The Clippers have tied their franchise record with 56 wins in a season and are one win away from establishing a new mark with two games left. The Clippers have already won the Pacific Division and clinched the third seed.

Hits: Blake Griffin had 27 points, nine assists and four rebounds, while Chris Paul had 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. DeAndre Jordan added 21 points, seven blocks and nine rebounds, and J.J. Redick had 13 points and hit 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Jamal Crawford also returned and scored 10 points and hit 2-of-4 from 3-point range, as well.

Misses: Darren Collison has been an integral part of the Clippers’ success this season, stepping into the starting lineup after injuries to Paul, Redick and Crawford. With all three healthy for the first time in awhile, Collison struggled, scoring just two points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Stat of the game: The Clippers outscored the Kings in the paint 54-42 and had 25 fast-break points to just five for the Kings.

Up next: The Clippers play their final home game of the regular season and their second to last game before the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have defeated the Clippers in their last two meetings, both in Denver, with the last win March 17, snapping the Clippers’ 11-game winning streak.

Rapid Reaction: Clippers 120, Lakers 97

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6

LOS ANGELES -- There was a time when saying the Clippers were the best team in Los Angeles was blasphemous. When the Clippers blowing out the Lakers was big news. When the Lakers getting ready for the NBA draft lottery while the Clippers got ready for the NBA playoffs seemed unheard of.

Those days are a distant memory and were further pushed into the past after the Clippers' 120-97 win over the Lakers on Sunday. After the Lakers upset the Clippers in the season opener, the Clippers defeated the Lakers in their last three meetings by an average margin of 35.7 points.

The Clippers have now won the season series against the Lakers for the second consecutive season. Before 2012-13, the Clippers had won the season series against the Lakers in only two of their first 42 years of existence.

How it happened: Despite having only seven healthy players for the majority of the game, the Lakers stayed competitive in the first half, even taking the lead in the second quarter before the Clippers went up by 13 and never looked back. They led by as many as 24 and rested their starters in the fourth quarter.

What it means: The Clippers won the season series against the Lakers for the second year in a row in addition to winning back-to-back Pacific Division titles. The Clippers are now just 1½ games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 2 seed in the West and play the Thunder in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Hits: Chris Paul had 23 points and six assists in 28 minutes, and Blake Griffin had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. J.J. Redick returned to the starting lineup for the first time in 26 games and scored 15 points. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Misses: No real misses on the day except for the Clippers' 17 turnovers, which led to 24 Lakers points.

Stat of the game: The Clippers hit 10 of 19 3-pointers and are 34-1 this season when making at least nine 3-pointers.

Up next: The Clippers have a couple of days off before facing Oklahoma City on Wednesday. If the Clippers win, they will make up a game on the Thunder and hold the tiebreaker, which could decide which team gets the second seed in the Western Conference.

Redick 'humbled and grateful' to be back

April, 4, 2014
Apr 4
LOS ANGELES -- There were many times when J.J. Redick doubted this day would come.

The negative thoughts he had tried to ignore slapped him in the face every time he tried to make the most simple movements on the basketball court.

Maybe he wouldn't play in another NBA game this season. Maybe he'd be relegated to wearing a suit at the end of the bench and watching the Los Angeles Clippers carry on without him. Maybe he'd have to wait a year before he would be able to take the court again with his teammates.

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Clippers have two days off between each of their next four games, and J.J. Redick can use the time to shake off some of his rust.
Those maybes seemed a certainty not too long ago, when the Clippers appeared poised to shut down Redick for the rest of the season when his rehabilitation from a bulging disk in his lower back was delayed.

"There were many days that I thought that," Redick said. "It's probably the most frustrating injury I've had. There was no timeline. There was literally not much I could do about it. One day you're running off screens and the next day you can't do one-legged step-up or a one-legged squat. You can't do anything on your right leg.

"I'm not going to say there were dark days; I'm a positive person. But there were days where I was like, this is serious."

Although Redick's injury has always been described as a bulging disk in his lower back, the main issue for him wasn't so much the back but the nerve irritation affecting his right leg. When the nerve was responding correctly, Redick was able to be himself; when it wasn't, he could hardly walk.

"There's not really a whole lot you can do for nerves, except to operate, and I don't want to go that route," Redick said. "I had some epidurals and the pain is pretty minimal in my back. But the issue has been the nerve and how my leg is functioning or not functioning."

Redick, who had missed the last 25 games, returned Thursday in a 113-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks and scored 12 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Redick would be back to the starting lineup soon but wanted to restrict his minutes to less than 25 during his return.

"I didn't feel limited," Redick said. "I felt limited by my rustiness, but physically I didn't feel any limitations. We don't practice a lot and I was in warm-ups today and I'm like, what the f--- am I doing?"

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Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3

PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Clippers are accustomed to being down double-digits to the Dallas Mavericks late in the fourth quarter.

That was the scenario three times this season before Thursday night’s game, and all three times they came back and won.

But the fourth time would be the charm for the Mavericks, as Dallas finally was able to hold on to its double-digit lead and secure a 113-107 win. In the process, the Mavericks handed the Clippers only their sixth loss at home this season and first since Feb. 18.

How it happened: The Clippers played like a team that had just returned home from a five-game trip and three comeback wins in the past four games: confident they would find a way to rally and win. But you can only play with fire so many times. With the Mavericks up 12 with 2:51 to go, the Clippers went on a 10-0 run over the next 85 seconds. But the comeback was not to be this time.

What it means: The Clippers finally fell short in a comeback attempt and missed out on their first season sweep of Dallas in 20 years. It also hurt the Clippers’ shot of catching the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second seed in the West after OKC halted the 19-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and pushed its lead over L.A.to 2 1/2 games with only five games left.

Hits: Despite dealing with back spasms, Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Griffin also appeared to twist his ankle in the waning seconds. Griffin said after the game it was a misstep and that he was fine. DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Paul had 17 points and nine assists, and Darren Collison had 22 points. J.J. Redick had 12 points off the bench in his return.

Misses: Outside of Redick’s 12 points off the bench, the Clippers’ second team was a disappointment. With Redick moving up to the starting lineup soon and Jamal Crawford and Danny Granger out until the playoffs, the Clippers will need to find a way to get some more consistent production from the second unit.

Stat of the game: The Clippers hit only 6-of-27 from beyond the arc, while the Mavericks nailed 14-of-29 3-pointers.

Up next: The Clippers have a couple of days off before facing the Los Angeles Lakers in what will be a Clippers home game at Staples Center. The last time these two teams met, the Clippers blew out the Lakers by 48 points. It was the largest margin of victory in Clippers history and the largest margin of defeat for the Lakers.

Rivers: Redick likely to return vs. Mavs

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3
PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick will likely make his return to the team Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks after missing the last 25 games because of a bulging disk in his lower back, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Rivers said there was a "75 percent" chance Redick would return Thursday and multiple team sources said the plan was for Redick to start against Dallas.

The news was not as good for Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who will miss his third straight game Thursday because of a sore left Achilles.

"There's no chance he plays tomorrow, I can tell you that," Rivers said.

Crawford, who recently missed eight of nine games because of a strained left calf, was taken out of last Saturday night's game against the Houston Rockets with 5:03 left and did not return.

Crawford was optimistic he would be back before the start of the playoffs.

“I think I'm just going to take it day by day," Crawford said. "The important thing is being ready for the playoffs. The playoffs is what we play for."

Sources: Redick could return Thursday

April, 2, 2014
Apr 2
Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick is planning to return during the team's next three home games, possibly as soon as Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.

Redick has been out since mid-February because of a bulging disk in his lower back. At the time, it wasn't known whether Redick would be able to return at all this season, but he has been able to ramp up his activity level in recent weeks and is close to a return, sources said.

Redick has been a valuable contributor for the Clippers this season after coming over in a sign-and-trade from the Milwaukee Bucks last summer.

The sharp-shooting guard is averaging 15.7 points on 46 percent shooting from the field in 30 games this season.

Collison, Crawford, Redick don't make trip

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
DENVER -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison did not travel with the team for Monday’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets and will miss his second straight game with a stomach virus.

Jamal Crawford, who was hoping to return after missing seven of the past eight games with a strained left calf, also did not make the trip with the team. And neither did J.J. Redick, who is sidelined indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back.

“He didn’t make the trip,” Rivers said of Collison. “Yesterday and this morning he wasn’t [feeling well]. It’s good that we have a couple days off so he should be good.”

The injury domino effect at shooting guard means a second straight start for Willie Green in place of Collison, who was starting in place of Crawford, who was starting in place of Redick.

Collison, who likely will be back for the Clippers' next game, on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons, has started 26 of 68 games for the Clippers this season, with the team going 20-6 with him in the starting lineup. Collison is averaging 16.3 points per game in March, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field.

Rapid Reaction: Clippers 102, Cavaliers 80

March, 16, 2014
Mar 16

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers is used to switching up his starting lineup at the last minute by now.

During the Los Angeles Clippers’ current 11-game winning streak, L.A. has been without, at various times, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison. (You could also add Danny Granger when he was forced to miss a game as a result of not being circled on the active list.)

On Sunday, Willie Green was forced to start at shooting guard as essentially the team’s fourth option. Redick, who would normally start, is sidelined indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back. His backup Crawford is sidelined at least another week with a strained left calf. And Collison, who was starting in Crawford’s place (and also started in place of Chris Paul this season) was a late scratch with a stomach virus.

As has been the case this season, the Clippers didn’t miss a beat without Redick, Crawford or Collison as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-80, to win a season-high and current league-high 11th straight game.

How it happened: The Clippers jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and pushed it to 16 by halftime and 21 in the third quarter. L.A., however, let Cleveland back into the game in fourth quarter as its lead was dwindled down to seven points before the Clippers finally pulled away.

What it means: It means the Clippers have won a season-high 11 straight games, the longest active winning streak in the league. They also took a six-game lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division. The Clippers also hold a three-game lead, which is really four with the tiebreaker, over the Houston Rockets for the third seed. L.A. is just three games back of the top seed in the West and two games back of the No. 2 seed.

Hits: Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and has now scored at least 20 points in a franchise-record 26 straight games, which is the second-longest streak in the NBA this season. Paul had 16 points and 15 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was the eighth time this season all three players reached a double-double in the same game. The Clippers’ “big three” has combined for 108 double-doubles this season, the most by three teammates in the NBA this year.

Misses: It was a rough night for Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who has played well defensively but has yet to make his presence felt on offense. On Sunday he went 1-for-5 from the field for two points off the bench, but added seven rebounds.

Stat of the game: The Clippers had 25 fast-break points to just five for Cleveland and had 40 points in the paint compared to 30 for the Cavs.

Up next: The Clippers will board a flight to Denver immediately after the game to play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The season series is tied after the Clippers lost to the Nuggets in their last meeting in Denver, when Randy Foye hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a 116-115 win.

Despite win, Rivers still wants more

March, 9, 2014
Mar 9
LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers was not happy after the Los Angeles Clippers' season-high seventh straight win on Saturday.

There were no congratulatory messages from the coach as he addressed the team after the game. The usual music blaring from an iPad and players' children running around the locker room was replaced by the booming sound of Rivers' voice.

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AP Photo/Gus RuelasDoc Rivers says the Clippers need to continue striving for a stronger identity as they get closer to the postseason.
He lit into his players about execution and turnovers that nearly cost the Clippers a crucial game they led by 11 points with 5:30 left.

"I wasn't real happy with our execution down the stretch of the game," Rivers said. "We won the game, but we wouldn't win a lot of games with the way we turned the ball over and how careless we were with the basketball. Every night you're not going to play well, it's just human, but you can execute well or at least be in the right spots. The turnovers the last three or four games were just too casual."

The Clippers have won those games, but that doesn't always matter to Rivers. He said he's more concerned about the way his team is playing during the final stretch of the season than celebrating a win that would have easily been a loss against most teams in the NBA.

"I don't like turnovers period," Rivers said. "You are going to have some, but a lot of them were not forced. They were way too casual. And I think you have to be a great execution team. That does not mean the plays work defensively or offensively, but it certainly helps when everybody's in the right spot. It gives you a fighting chance. That is the only thing I didn't like."

Rivers didn't want his team celebrating the win because squeaking out a one-point win over the 26-35 Hawks, losers of six straight, isn't going to help them beat teams like Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Houston in the playoffs.

"You're not going to win deep lucky," Rivers said. "You're not going to luck into it. You're going to have to go get it and do it right."

As they got dressed in the locker room, Clippers players began making plans for meeting at the team's training facility to shoot and workout despite no scheduled practice Sunday.

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Drawing power an asset for Clippers

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27
LOS ANGELES -- As Glen "Big Baby" Davis addressed the media from one end of the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room on Wednesday night, there was an empty locker straight across from him that did not go unnoticed by a few players who walked past it.

If things go according to plan for the Clippers, that locker won't be empty for long.

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Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesThe Clippers seem to have turned into a team where veteran free agents want to come as they pursue an NBA title.
Earlier in the day, Danny Granger and the Philadelphia 76ers completed a contract buyout, making the former All-Star swingman a free agent once he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

While the Clippers and San Antonio Spurs seem to be in the lead among those vying for his services, there's a strong sense Granger will ultimately choose the Clippers and could even be in uniform for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

It was a feeling that existed before Jamal Crawford was sidelined because of a left calf strain that will be reevaluated Thursday or before J.J. Redick's timetable to return from a bulging disk in his lower back turned from "weeks" to "we'll see."

Granger's representatives were on hand Wednesday night to watch the Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 101-93 at Staples Center and met with Clippers officials during and after the game.

"Of course!" Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked if he wanted to sign Granger. "A guy with that talent you want to look at. I don't think it will be up to us. I think it will be up to Danny. I think there will be a lot of teams going after him, and there should be. ... We're going to have our day hopefully to talk."

If Granger does pick the Clippers, he will do so by choosing them over the Spurs and Miami Heat, who are also pursuing Granger. Several other teams, including the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls also have expressed interest in him.

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Clippers still looking up to Spurs

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
LOS ANGELES -- Before the Los Angeles Clippers went their separate ways before the NBA All-Star break last week, there was a sense that something new and exciting would be waiting for them when they returned.

For the first time this season, everyone on the roster was supposed to be healthy and able to practice Monday and then play in Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesChris Paul, left, and Blake Griffin, right, couldn't slow down Patty Mills and the Spurs, showing once again how far the Clippers still have to go to be an elite team.
Not only did that not happen, it doesn't look as if it will happen for a while.

Just as soon as the Clippers thought they'd be getting J.J. Redick back, they discovered he had a bulging disk in his back and will be sidelined indefinitely.

On Tuesday night, the Spurs beat the Clippers 113-103 and in the process showed the Clippers yet another glimpse of what they would like to be one day.

The Clippers will be forced to carry on for the foreseeable future with their starting shooting guard sidelined and their Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Jamal Crawford, thrust into a starting role.

It's not an ideal position, but they are far from the only team dealing with injuries. Just ask the Los Angeles Lakers, who have more players on the injured reserve list than the active roster some nights.

All the Clippers had to do Tuesday night was look at the Spurs for an example of how a championship contender handles adversity. The Spurs were playing without Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter and still beat the Clippers by double figures. San Antonio has had its true starting lineup for only 16 games this season and have the second-best record in the West and third-best in the league.

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Clippers starting to 'turn the corner'

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11
LOS ANGELES -- At some point this month, the Los Angeles Clippers will hit a critical crossroads where they will be fully healthy for the first time this season at around the same time the players and coaches finally reach a comfort level with each other.

The big question will be how good can the Clippers be and how far can they go after the All-Star break?

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Noah Graham/Getty ImagesBlake Griffin says it has been a struggle for the Clippers with all their injuries but that all that matters is being healthy for the playoffs.
"We're hitting a little bit of a stride," Blake Griffin said. "We're more than halfway through the season, and hopefully everyone's getting to the point where we're healthy. This is the time, March and April, where you hit your stride. I don't think people really realized how much new stuff we had going on with the team. A brand-new coaching staff, seven new players, so it's going to take some time and it did take some time, but I think we're starting to turn the corner."

Griffin certainly has turned the corner this season and has helped keep the Clippers near the top of the Western Conference despite a rash of injuries that has robbed the team of its starting backcourt for much of the season.

Since Dec. 16, Griffin has scored at least 25 points 20 times, including 15 times in the past 17 games, and has led the Clippers to a 20-9 record, despite the team missing J.J. Redick for 16 of those 29 games and Chris Paul for 18 games.

With Paul's return to the team Sunday and Redick's return next week after the All-Star break, everyone finally will see what Griffin and the Clippers can do at full strength.

"We haven't been completely healthy; there at the beginning, J.J. was out for so long and Matt [Barnes] was out and then we lost CP and J.J. came back and then got hurt," Griffin said. "It's been a constant struggle with injuries but a lot of teams go through those things. I've said throughout the course of the season, as long as we're healthy come playoffs, I'm happy."

Even without Paul, the Clippers went 14-6, and they have managed to make it through missing Redick for 25 games and Barnes for 19 games. With all three back, the Clippers not only will have a stronger starting lineup, but they finally can showcase a second unit they were high on coming into the season before some of those players were thrust into starting roles.

Players such as Jamal Crawford, Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and Hedo Turkoglu, who was signed last month, can help the Clippers build and at least maintain leads -- something that has been a problem with a second unit that has underperformed because of the constant lineup changes.

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Redick to miss fourth straight game

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick will miss his fourth straight game with a sore right hip on Wednesday, when the Clippers play the Portland Trail Blazers.

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.”