The Los Angeles Clippers have been without Chris Paul for a handful of games now after he separated his shoulder. Obviously not having the best point guard in the NBA is going to make this team have its problems. However, what has added to their struggles has been the fact that they have been without free-agent acquisition J.J. Redick for the past six weeks.
On Friday, though, Redick returned to the lineup fully healed from torn ligaments in his wrist. Redick played 23 minutes and was right back to his offensively potent ways as he put up 19 points, three rebounds and two assists while shooting 8-15 from the floor and 1-4 from three. The Clippers rolled as a team as well, handing the Los Angeles Lakers a 36-point loss.
Redick coming back to the Clippers lineup is hugely important with Paul being out. One of the things that has been evident with Paul out is how important Paul is to the offense because of how he can make his own shot and how he sets up his teammates. Redick, however, is a guy that is easy to set up and has displayed an underrated ability to create his own shot.
The Clips have seen solid play from Darren Collison in Paul’s absence and Blake Griffin has been up and down with Paul out as well. However, the addition of Redick back in their lineup will be huge for them. Redick has been great for them this season when healthy, even if that was with a healthy Paul. It will be interesting to see if he keeps lifting them going forward without Paul and if he can help keep this team afloat.