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Clippers news: J.J. Redick to miss 6-8 weeks with fractured right hand and torn UCL

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The injuries continue to pile up for the Los Angeles Clippers backcourt as J.J. Redick will miss the next six to eight weeks due to a fractured right hand  and tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury as he was battling for a rebound with DeMarcus Cousins in the second quarter in the Clippers 104-98 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Redick has been a major part Los Angeles’ offense as through 17 games this season he is tied for the team’s third leading-scorer with his career-high 15.8 points per game.

“It takes out something that’s been huge for us offensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “J.J.’s movement is often an often in itself. He’s one of those guys when he goes out it changes a lot of what we do. We’re going to have to do it on the run we don’t have a lot of time to prepare. … We just have to find another way.”

With Redick out, backup guard Willie Green is expected to fill in the void in the starting lineup. Green is no stranger to this type of situation as he started 62 games last season in place in of Chauncey Billups, who was recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon tear.

“For the most part I have to play my game and stay within myself and do what I can to help the team win games,” Green said.

Redick is set to be re-evaluated on Monday by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin in order to decide what type of treatment he will need to help him in his recovery.

Chris Paul, who suffered a strain hamstring injury last Wednesday against the New York Knicks, made his return to the court on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers.

Also out for Los Angeles is Matt Barnes, who had a tear of the retinal in his left eye last week and underwent surgery that will keep him out at least two more weeks.

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