Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
The facial injury that'll sideline Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu for rooughly three weeks has prompted coach Stan Van Gundy to move J.J. Redick into the team's starting lineup, at least for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Jason Richardson will shift from shooting guard to Turkoglu's small forward spot, while Redick will join Jameer Nelson in Orlando's starting backcourt, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Ordinarily, Redick would remain on the bench and Richardson would stay at shooting guard, enabling Quentin Richardson to take Turkoglu's place at the three. But a sore back has ruled Quentin Richardson out for now. Rookie forward DeAndre Liggins missed Saturday's shootaround with a migraine headache and is doubtful to play against Philly, further hurting the Magic's depth on the wings. It's possible Earl Clark could see time at small forward, Robbins says, but the Magic need him to back up Glen Davis at power forward as well, given the injury to Ryan Anderson, the usual starter at that position. Anderson sprained his right ankle Sunday in a loss to the Denver Nuggets.
In 12 starts for Orlando in the 2011/12 season, Redick has averaged 13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and three assists, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from three-point range.