ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 10: J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at Amway Arena on October 10, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Via Twitter, Antonio Gonzalez and Josh Robbins report Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick underwent an M.R.I. on his sore back this morning, and the exam revealed no structural damage to it. Redick sat out last night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with back spasms, which ended his ironman streak, as he appeared in all 82 of the Magic's games last season and in the first 9 of this season. The team has listed Redick as day-to-day. He did not participate in this morning's practice.
The fifth-year reserve has struggled mightily with his shot this season, at 27.1 percent from the field and 12 percent from three-point range. As a result, he owns the worst True Shooting mark (37.5 percent) of any perimeter player with at least 150 minutes this season; league-wide, only stone-handed bigs Reggie Evans (27.1 percent), Darko Milicic (33.8 percent), and Greg Monroe (35.2 percent) are worse.
According to Synergy Sports Technology, Redick led the NBA in points per possession last season, making him the league's most efficient player overall, so his drastic drop-off is disconcerting. But Redick hasn't done anything differently and believes he will break out of his slump soon, as Sam Gardner covered in this excellent feature for Fox Sports Florida. The slump is particularly jarring in light of his excellent preseason, in which he shot 42.3 percent from three-point range and posted an incredible 65.9 percent True Shooting figure.
Redick's next chance to take the court comes Thursday night when the Magic host the Phoenix Suns.