J.J. Redick will return to Clippers on Friday after injury
As expected, guard J.J. Redick, who has been out since Nov. 29 with a fracture in his right hand and a torn ulnar collateral ligament, said he will play in the Clippers' game against the Lakers on Friday night, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
The 29-year-old is averaging a career-best 15.8 points per game in 17 games this season, and also has career-highs in field-goal percentage (46.0) and free-throw percentage (92.7). He had his hand lightly wrapped in a brace at Thursday's shootaround, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"What will be interesting is how it works without [the injured] Chris [Paul], because J.J.'s movement is still the point guard seeing the movement and giving him the ball in the right spot," head coach Doc Rivers said on Thursday. "So I don't know how that will work."
The Clippers (25-13), who lead the Pacific Division, are 13-8 since Redick's injury and have won four of their last five.
JJ Redick says he will play tonight. Says hand and wrist are fine
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 10, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: @JJRedick confirms that he will play today when the #Clippers take on the @Lakers. | DETAILS » http://t.co/NSCYl9a7Kk — Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) January 10, 2014