There have been talks over the past couple of days that the Los Angeles Clippers are discussing the possibility of shutting down shooting guard J.J. Redick for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season. The move would take away one of the Clippers’ biggest offensive threats this season, or at least that’s what he’s been when healthy.
However, on Friday night as the Clippers outlasted the Utah Jazz by a score of 96-87 without Redick or Jamal Crawford in the lineup due to injuries. A big factor in that was the performance of veteran wing Willie Green coming off of the bench.
Playing 19 minutes, Green put up 12 points, one assist, one rebound and one steal while shooting 4-9 from the floor and 3-6 from long-range. His shooting from the perimeter really helped carry the offense when the starters were sitting and a handful of times when he was on the floor with them.
While many expect Danny Granger to step up and play a larger role for Los Angeles while Redick is out of the lineup for however much longer, the veteran was ineffective and didn’t register a made field goal attempt on the evening. However, the depth on the wings and at the guard position was still evident in that win.
Obviously the Clippers would be better off having a player with the offensive talents of Redick. When he was on the floor, he added another element to the Clippers’ offense that made them even more dangerous. However, if Redick is indeed going to be out for the rest of the year, this team is still going to be fine heading into the postseason. They still have plenty of guys who can step up and beat you on any given night at the same position.
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