The defending Pacific Division champion Los Angeles Clippers played their first game Sunday since finding out that J.J. Redick will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow.
Redick will be re-evaluated today by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin to determine what further course of treatment will be necessary. His injuries, which occurred in Friday night’s 104-98 win at Sacramento, complicated things even more for the Clippers with reserve forward Matt Barnes missing his sixth game due to an eye injury.
SET FOR TRIP — A 12-day road trip featuring six games — the Orlando Magic’s longest of the season — likely won’t faze coach Jacque Vaughn. As a player and assistant with San Antonio, Vaughn remembers being out of town for weeks as the Spurs accommodated the rodeo in their arena each season.
“From my San Antonio days, we had the rodeo,” Vaughn said. “I don’t know, but I think we had a 16-day trip once. Had a couple of bags packed.”
This season, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo at AT&T Center is Feb. 6-23. The Spurs play at home Feb. 1 against the Sacramento Kings and then don’t play another game at AT&T Center until Feb. 26.
The Spurs hit the road Feb. 3 and play six games leading up to the all-star break. They then go back out on the road from Feb. 18-21 for three more games. The Magic begin their road trip Monday night in Washington, D.C., against the Wizards and conclude it Dec. 11 in Charlotte, N.C., against the Bobcats.
Vaughn said forward Tobias Harris (sprained ankle) will not leave with the team to start the trip. Point guard Jameer Nelson (sprained foot) will accompany the team.
BULLS STAY HOME — The Bulls begin a stretch of four consecutive home games tonight against Chicagoland product Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Save for Thursday’s contest against the two-time defending champion Heat, all are against sub-.500 teams. With opportunity for practices in between, this is the Bulls’ time to right matters after the emotional blow of losing Derrick Rose (knee).
“Just because we’re going home doesn’t mean anything,” Taj Gibson said. “It’s even harder when you go home because teams tend to come in with a chip on their shoulder to prove they can come to Chicago and get a win. We’ve just got to watch a little bit more film and get our stuff straight.”