J.J. Redick returns with a hot hand

J.J. Redick had 17 points in the first quarter against the Lakers in his first game back after missing six weeks because of a broken wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his wrist.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

J.J. Redick, out the last six weeks recovering from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his right wrist, started Friday night when the Clippers played host to the Lakers at Staples Center.

“I’m good to go,” Redick said. “I wouldn’t be playing if I wasn’t ready.”

He was ready, making five of six shots in the first quarter and scored 17 points in the first half.


Redick, who missed 21 games recovering from the injury, has been ramping up his practices and his workouts at the shoot-arounds.

“Tuesday, when I was able to go through the full practice, I figured Friday would be a decent shot if I continued to progress,” Redick said. “I’ve been very fortunate in that I haven’t had any setbacks.

Redick stepped back into the starting lineup in place of Jamal Crawford.

Redick had started the first 17 games before he was injured Nov. 29 at Sacramento from a hard fall after being fouled by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

During those 17 games, Redick averaged 15.8 points on 46% shooting, 35.9% on three-pointers.

Redick said he got his hard cast off a week early, then wore a soft cast and began to work with a hand therapist to get ready.

He said he first started shooting last Saturday, when he took about “30 shots and dribbled for four minutes.”

“There’s no pain,” Redick said. “The only issue is just a little stiffness just from being casted for three weeks. But I don’t feel things when I shoot or dribble.”

Redick said about a week ago he didn’t think he would be able to play so soon because he didn’t think he had the “endurance or strength” in the wrist.

But the wrist got stronger and his conditioning has been fine because of frequent workouts.

“I feel like my wind is pretty good,” Redick said.

Clippers looking to make roster moves

As the Clippers continue to try to shape their roster, they worked out free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu on Thursday at the team’s practice facility.

The Clippers also had internal conversations about free-agent center Andrew Bynum, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, but they still are shying away from signing Bynum.

The Clippers still are considering signing former Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, the executives said.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he was impressed by Turkoglu, who was waived by the Orlando Magic last week.

“He looked good. It was a good workout,” Rivers said. “But we’re not going to do anything any time soon. But he did look really good.”

Rivers wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the Clippers have interest in Bynum, who was waived by the Chicago Bulls after they acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rivers was asked if the team had talked to Bynum or his representatives.

“I can’t say,” Rivers said, smiling. “We’ve had internal discussions about everyone.”

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