J.J. Redick in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers, after signing with the team this summer as a free-agent, was absolutely tearing it up. After so many seasons in the NBA spent with bad teams, it had been a treat to start the year to see how effective and big Redick can be for a high-powered offense.
However, Redick is now out for six-to-eight weeks with an injury to his wrist and hand, though he won’t require surgery on the ailment. As Redick is healing and the Clippers try to stay successful without their new addition on the wing, that has opened the door for veteran guard Willie Green to find minutes.
Over the past two games that the Clips have played without Redick, Green has seen a good share of minutes as he played 15 on Sunday and 18 on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. However, the problem is that Green has been largely ineffective in that small sample-size as Redick’s replacement.
In the two games, Green has combined for only 11 points, and one steal on just 4-14 shooting from the field and 1-5 shooting from long-range. Moreover, Green hasn’t notched an assist or rebound in either game. In essence, the 10-year veteran has been a poor man’s version of Nick Young, which is far from a gleaming endorsement.
Obviously the Clippers can’t expect Green to play at the level of Redick, but they have to be hoping for some kind of improvement looking forward with Redick out of the lineup. If you’re optimistic, perhaps Green is just trying to get back in the swing of things. What’s for sure, though, is that his level of production lately isn’t going to cut it for the Clips.