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Team still has no timetable for J.J. Redick's return

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PHOENIX — It is still uncertain when starting shooting guard J.J. Redick will return to the court for the Clippers.

Redick is sidelined by a bulging disk in his lower back. He has missed the last 11 games, including Tuesday's game at Phoenix. When the Clippers disclosed the nature of the injury on Feb. 18, Redick had already missed four games with what the team had been calling a hip injury.

There still is no timetable for his return, and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was asked Tuesday night if he feared that Redick could be out for the rest of the season.

"I don't know," Rivers said before the game against the Suns. "I haven't had that fear yet. I don't want that fear, maybe would be a better way of putting it. But I don't know. I just keep getting updates.

"I'm sure there is some thought of that. He's been out for so long. But we're just hoping for the best."

On Monday in Los Angeles, Redick did some shooting before the rest of the team practiced.

But there are only 20 regular-season games left, and the Clippers are unsure how Redick will respond to treatment.

Redick is fourth on the team in scoring this season, averaging 15.7 points per game and 28.8 minutes. He is shooting 45.9% from the field, 39.6% from three-point range, and 91.4% from the free-throw line.

"He's doing a lot better," Rivers said. "He's shooting a little bit. I don't know what that means, but at least he's moving around shooting. But there's been no update. I don't think he's improved to the point we thought he would, so far. We had anticipated him being back almost [by now]."

Crawford update

Jamal Crawford, who had been starting at shooting guard in place of Redick, missed his second straight game because of a strained left calf.

Rivers said Crawford, a leading candidate for the NBA's sixth man or the year award, might return Thursday when the Clippers play the Lakers.

"Jamal is doing great, actually," Rivers said. "I anticipate [him playing] maybe as early as the next game or maybe a couple of games after that."

Etc.

Some of the Clippers wore Jordan Brand shoes with a fluorescent color to represent the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, Chris Paul said.

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