Report: J.J. Redick likely returning to Clippers tonight – and starting

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Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick were supposed to fortify the Clippers’ starting wing positions, but for different reasons, it hasn’t worked.

Dudley is having the worst season of his career, and Matt Barnes has replaced him in the starting lineup. The Clippers are 26-8 (.765) when Barnes starts and 28-14 (.666) when Dudley starts. It seems that problem has been solved.

What about shooting guard? Redick has started all 30 games he’s played this season, but he’s missed the Clippers’ last 25 with a bulging disc in his back. In the meantime, Los Angeles has found success with Jamal Crawford or Darren Collison in his place.

It appears Redick won’t get Wally Pipped, though.

Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

Rivers said there was a “75 percent” chance Redick would return Thursday and multiple team sources said the plan was for Redick to start against Dallas.

Really, the Clippers can probably do no wrong. With Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan locked in, Los Angeles has thrived with any of the three options at shooting guard.

With Collison (274 minutes):

  • Offensive rating: 115.6
  • Defensive rating: 102.1
  • Net rating: +13.5

With Crawford (265 minutes):

  • Offensive rating: 118.4
  • Defensive rating: 97.1
  • Net rating: 21.3

With Redick (23 minutes):

  • Offensive rating: 114.9
  • Defensive rating: 93.8
  • Net rating: +21.1

It seems starting Redick is the best call. He’s the most effective 3-point shooter of the bunch, and Crawford’s and Collison’s creating skills go better with the second unit – or at least when one of Paul or Griffin sits.

As long as Redick returns soon, the Clippers will have a little time before the playoffs to test the lineup.