Orlando Magic Badly Need JJ Redick's Shooting Touch

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

JJ Redick continues to show his value to the Orlando Magic in so many unique ways.

The latest is his ability to net critical 3-pointers.

In Friday’s 110-106 NBA victory over the Detroit Pistons, Redick nailed a 3-pointer late in the game to help secure the victory.

“Great shot,” said Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn. “He is a guy that when he shoots, I think it’s going in every single time. That is great confidence to have in him. He deserves to make shots.”

Detroit rookie Kyle Singler had to admit that not only does Redick know how to shoot a critical 3-pointer, his teammates also know how to set it up in the right way.

“I felt the screen coming,” Singler said. “I didn’t really know what side the screen was going to come from. I misread it and he went the other way. I got hit with a good screen and it was a good shot by him.”

For the game, Redick scored 23 points for a team averaging only 88 points per game, but scoring 66 in the second half against the Detroit Pistons.

But on Sunday, Redick didn’t play because of an illness in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, which, in a negative way, is further evidence of his value to the Magic. Orlando, 3-6, scored below its season average in a 97-86 loss to the Raptors.

For the season, Redick is averaging 15.8 points per game and shooting just under 40 percent in 3-point shooting. He’s at nearly 49 percent in shooting from the floor.

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