Sixers guard J.J. Redick out for second straight game
The Philadelphia 76ers will be without J.J. Redick for the second straight game as the shooting guard is still experiencing tightness in his lower back.
Furkan Korkmaz replaced Redick in the starting lineup on Tuesday and it’s likely that he does so again on Wednesday.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 9, 2019
Redick is the most consistent three-point threat the Sixers have and they can’t afford to lose him for an extended period of time. He helps stretch the defense and create space for Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.
Redick’s shooting percentages are down slightly this season, but he’s still cashing in on three-pointers almost three times per game. No other player on the team is averaging more than 1.8 made threes per game.
Rookie shooting guard Landry Shamet has shown promise as a shooter of late. He was 8-for-14 from three-point range in the team’s last game and finished with a career-high 29 points. The 21-year-old will look to continue his hot stretch in Redick’s absence.
Although the rookie could be a breakout performer for Philadelphia this season, the team still needs Redick. He is a proven veteran with playoff experience. Regular season success is all well and good, but the Sixers are looking for playoff success after flaming out in the second round against the Boston Celtics last season.
Redick has made the playoffs 12 times in his career and he averaged a career-high 18.2 points in last season’s playoffs. Keeping the 24-year-old fresh should be a top priority for Philadelphia.