Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick still dealing with painful sore left heel

J.J. Redick of the Clippers hits the deck after burying a 3-pointer just more than a minute into Wednesday’s game against Portland. He was fouled, but missed the free throw/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill


One can only imagine how painful a bruised heel can be, and no one knows that better than Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick. He spoke about his bruised left heel, an injury sustained April 12 against Memphis in the second-to-last game of the regular season, after Wednesday’s 102-81 victory over Portland in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

“It’s something that I have to continue to monitor and take care of,” Redick said. “To be honest, it’s very sore. And after Sunday’s game it was pretty sore the last few days. So it’s just something that, hopefully, will heal. But it’s going to take time.”

Redick scored 17 points in Game 1 and 17 in Game 2. He played 26 1/2 and 28 1/2 minutes, respectively. He averaged 28 minutes during the season.

Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday at practice that the heel is bothering Redick.

“Yeah, it definitely has an impact, I think with his movement, for sure,” he said. “I think as the game goes on I’m trying to figure out how to rest him.”

Rivers said he wasn’t sure if giving Redick a longer rest than usual in Game 1 helped.

“I actually thought he didn’t move that well coming back in, so we may adjust that,” Rivers said.

Game 3 is Saturday in Portland. The Clippers lead the series 2-0.