TORONTO — J.J. Redick was full of doubt about being able to return after he left the Clippers' game Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter, saying "No, three times," about the prospect.
Redick, already dealing with a sore right shoulder and bruised left knee, suffered back spasms and was forced to the locker room to get treatment.
However, once Redick got what he needed, , he went to work for the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the final six minutes, 22 seconds of their victory over the Raptors.
"I had to battle through some stuff back here in the first half," Redick said. "We tried a bunch of different things. I just couldn't get my back to really just not be locked up."
Redick said he injured the shoulder during the Charlotte Bobcats game Monday night and suffered the knee injury in the Indiana Pacers game three nights before that.
The back was something new, something that was causing him to think he couldn't play.
"It felt good enough," Redick said. "I definitely think it was adrenaline activating that kind of helped. It made me functioning enough to get it done."
Redick finished with 18 points on seven-for-12 shooting, including two for three on three-pointers.
He did his best work in the fourth quarter, making all four of his shots, including both of his three-pointers.
"It took a second right when I got back in to get it loose again," Redick said. "But in terms of movement, I felt like I was moving fine."
Clippers improve three-point shooting
The numbers don't lie, but perhaps they really don't tell the entire story either.
The numbers say the Clippers are the 26th-ranked team in three-point shooting out of 30 NBA teams, shooting 34% before Saturday night's game.
But Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, "I think we are," when asked whether his team was a good three-point shooting team.
"We just haven't shot them well," Rivers said. "But if you go by the numbers historically of each guy shooting them, yeah. If you go by this year, then no."
The Clippers have proved Rivers right in their last two games at least.
They shot 54.8% (12 for 22) from three-point range against the Raptors and 61.9% (13 for 21) Friday night in Chicago.
The Clippers have to make a decision Sunday on what to do with point guard Darius Morris. He signed two 10-day contracts, the last that expired after Saturday night's game. The Clippers have to either sign Morris for the rest of the season or release him.
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