NEW ORLEANS — When Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was asked Wednesday night about the chances of J.J. Redick returning to play with the team on this trip, Rivers left the assembled media confused with his answers.
Redick was on the court shooting before the Clippers played the New Orleans Pelicans, but he still missed his 21st consecutive game because of a bulging disk in his back.
Redick will be with the Clippers on the entire five-game trip and Rivers was asked if he would play.
“I guess there’s a chance,” Rivers said. “I don’t think so. But I mean there’s a chance. He looks good. He’s moving well. He’s shooting well.”
Redick has been out two months. When he was first diagnosed with the injury, the Clippers said Redick would be out indefinitely.
“They’re on a program. I have no idea what the program is, so don’t even ask,” Rivers said. “But I don’t think he plays on this trip. But you never know.”
More so, the Clippers don’t have any scheduled practices on the trip that has three days off with no games.
Rivers said that when the team has days off, however, about “six or seven guys” get in a workout.
“J.J. works with them,” Rivers said. “We just want him with us now working.”
Crawford moves up
Even in a loss, Jamal Crawford made some history.
Crawford broke his franchise record for three-pointers in a season, which he set last season.
Crawford also moved past Lakers guard Steve Nash to No. 10 on the all-time NBA list for three-pointers made.
Crawford, who was seven for 15 from three-point range against New Orleans, has made 151 three-pointers this season and is shooting 36.2% from the beyond the arc.
For his career, Crawford has made 1,687 three-pointers.
“It would have been much sweeter to win,” said Crawford, who missed a potential game-winning three-pointer as time expired against the Pelicans. “I would have enjoyed it more. I’ve played with great teammates, coaches. Just thanking God for the talent.”
No Turkoglu for Turkey
Hedo Turkoglu announced his retirement from international basketball.
Turkoglu had played for the Turkish national team for 16 years. He averaged 15.5 points over that span and was on the team that won the silver medal at the 2001 European Championships.
“It’s time for me to step aside and let the young guys play,” Turkoglu said Wednesday. “I’ll help them out off the court, but it’s time to spend some time with my family.”