Asked Rivers, motioning to Smith: "What would you do?"
Replied Smith: "Keep shooting."
It's what shooters do, and Redick complied during the Clippers' 110-93 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Redick made three of his first four shots before tailing off a bit on the way to 14 points. He made five of 11 shots, including four of eight three-pointers, which qualified as a considerable upgrade over a prolonged slump to start the season.
He is making 37.9% of his shots and 33.9% of his three-pointers through 11 games, which both would qualify as career lows if he sustained those figures for the rest of the season.
"It's a long season," Redick said, "so I believe in the law of averages. It will all work out in the end."
Redick has rebounded from slow starts before, making 35.7% of his shots and 30.2% of his three-pointers in November 2010, only to finish that season making 44.1% of his shots and 39.7% of his three-pointers.
"I believe in myself as a player and as a shooter, my teammates believe in me, I know that," Redick said. "And you have to play your way out of it."
Rivers said he was not worried about a player who has made 38.8% of his three-pointers in nine NBA seasons.
"It's not like he's going to go in a gym and change his shot or anything like that," Rivers said. "He's always been a great shooter. I haven't looked, but I'm sure he's had shooting slumps in his career, and unfortunately I think it's accented more when it's at the beginning of the year.
"He'll keep shooting them and we're going to keep running the same stuff, and eventually when they go in, we'll be a better team."
Moving on up
Rivers notched his 650th career coaching victory Wednesday, when the Clippers beat Orlando, joining San Antonio's
"I have four with the mustache," said Rivers, who has grown facial hair in support of the "
Popovich has 974 victories.