Never let it be said that
The repeat contestant in the three-point shooting contest was asked during All-Star weekend what advice he would give to
"We play them on Thursday," Redick said, referring to the
The Clippers have deployed their own kind of merrymaking in recent weeks amid turbulent times.
They are 18-5 since star power forward Blake Griffin was sidelined because of a quadriceps injury and later a broken hand that resulted from an altercation with a team assistant equipment manager. The Clippers (35-18) also have won three of four since
"Love it," the coach said last week. "Couldn't be in a better place, especially when you factor in the injuries, especially to a top-10 player and what we've gone through, I'll take that all year, every day, so it's nice."
The Clippers are trying to hold on to at least fourth place in the Western Conference standings, which would give them home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their chances look fairly good. They are 4 1/2 games behind the third-place
One factor potentially working against the Clippers in the next few weeks: their schedule. The San Antonio Spurs and
The Clippers hope to welcome Griffin and Matias Testi, the assistant equipment manager who sustained a swollen face in the incident involving Griffin, back into their locker room in the coming days. Griffin isn't expected to play in another game until sometime next month after he recovers from his hand injury and serves a four-game suspension for his role in the incident.
Austin Rivers could return sooner, the reserve guard about halfway through his expected monthlong injury absence. The Clippers are also pondering moves that could bolster their backcourt depth before the trade deadline at noon PST on Thursday.
Doc Rivers noted he was not pleased with point guard
The Clippers have largely persevered without Griffin by using smaller lineups, spreading the floor and attempting more three-point shots. One facet of their play that was already improving before Griffin got hurt was their defense.
The Clippers ranked 17th in the
"That's been a big part of our run," Redick said. "Without Blake, it's been our defense."
Of course, the Clippers would rather see what they could do with Griffin as soon as possible.