J.J. Redick has been a key part of the Clippers having the third best offense in the NBA this season — he gives them an efficient 15.8 points a game in kind of a “Ray Allen in Boston” role coming off screens and spotting up at the arc as a kick-out option.
But the Clippers will have to be without him for six-to-eight weeks due to a “fracture in the small bone (pisiform) of his right hand and a tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament (elbow),” the team announced Sunday. Both injuries occurred Friday in the Clippers win over the Kings. You can see the video of the play above — Redick came in to rebound on the weak side, made incidental contact with DeMarcus Cousins in the air, fell back and hit his wrist as he landed.
Redick will be re-evaluated Monday by a specialist and a course of treatment decided upon. The pisiform bone is kind of at the base of the hand near the wrist and helps form the carpal tunnel. So no, you can’t just play through that as a shooter. The UCL ligament is at the back of the elbow.
The Clips will move Willie Green back into the starting lineup to keep Jamal Crawford in his sixth man role, although expect Crawford’s minutes to jump. This will also mean more shots and responsibility for Jared Dudley to space the floor.
Doc Rivers has leaned heavily on his starting five (Chris Paul, Redick, Dudley, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) and with good reason — that group is +7.8 per 48 minutes and plays good defense. If the Clippers sub Crawford in for Dudley with the other four the same they out score opponents by 10 points per 48. But after that things tart to drop off fast, particularly on the defensive end. Depth has been an issue for the Clippers this season and it’s about to get tested in the backcourt (although the frontcourt depth has been the bigger problem).
Doc Rivers’ rotations and the Clippers are about to get a real test to their early season success.
It’s not about the shoes: Kevin Durant loses his, blocks two shots anyway
Early in the second quarter of the Warriors win in New Orleans Friday, Durant came out of his shoes on a layup in the lane. He then picked up his shoe, carried it to the other end, flipped it to the bench, and played defense without it, and while he got moved out of the way allowing an offensive rebound for the Pelicans he then proceeded to block Tony Allen twice at the rim.
One shoe Kevin Durant is officially the greatest rim protector of all time.
He wants to be unleashed on the NBA, and he feels he’s being held back.
Part of that is not playing in back-to-backs — Embiid started Friday night against Boston but will sit out by plan Saturday night against the Raptors in Toronto. Embiid knows the plan to help protect a body that has played only 31 games in three seasons before this one and was not cleared for most of training camp, but that doesn’t mean he likes it, as he told Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I just want to feel like an NBA player,” Embiid said. “I feel like I’m not an NBA player because I can’t play back-to-back.”
I get his frustration, but can you blame the Sixers for treating the guy like he’s made of glass at this point? Hopefully, later in the season, he can be cleared to play on both ends.
His second frustration came from the loss to the Celtics on Friday — he wants more post touches. In the video above he is clear, “I didn’t get the ball enough in the post.”
He’s right here. Embiid had three post-ups all game, one in each of the game’s first three quarters (stat via Synergy Sports). Embiid is efficient in the post — he has shot 9-of-12 on those plays overall this season and the Sixers score 1.33 points per possession when he does. That will work especially well against teams going small (for example, the Cavaliers with Kevin Love at the five), although Friday night Boston had big man Aron Baynes starting at center (in part because of Embiid, in part because Marcus Smart was out injured). Still, Embiid can score on Baynes.
Take a look at Embiid’s shot chart from Friday night.
Part of this is on him with all the threes, but they have to utilize him better. It’s part of the Sixers growing pains that will come this season.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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