Redick Gets Opportunity In Playoffs

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY: Just heard from Associate Director of Sports Information Matt Plizga that J.J. Redick does not have a Twitter account as previously stated in this post.  The Chronicle's Sports Blog regrets the error. Still, that doesn't mean that the guard's play as of late has not been good. Look for Redick to contribute tonight against the Boston Celtics.

J.J. Redick's frustration for a lack of playing time on the Orlando Magic is well documented. But in two starts in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, the former Duke guard played well in 29 and 25 minutes, respectively.

The injury of the Magic's Courtney Lee has given Redick an opportunity to play significant minutes. Redick has taken full advantage of the situation, scoring 12 points in the Magic's win and 15 points in the team's loss against the Celtics.

"It’s a testament to how quickly things can change with one injury," Redick told the Orlando Sentinel. "Hopefully, we’ll get Courtney back soon, but in the meantime I’m going to try and make the most of this opportunity. It’s about being ready because you don’t know when you’re going to be thrust into a role. My role will be the same, but my minutes won’t be the same.’’

After averaging just 3.0 minutes per game in the first four games of the playoffs, Redick has averaged 28.8 minutes over the most recent four games.

What will happen when Courtney Lee returns?


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