Oct 21, 2007

Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick watch: the preseason hurts

Morrison, who was having a decent preseason, is likely gone for the year with a knee injury.
The injury occurred with about 5½ minutes left in the third quarter of Saturday night's 113-93 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Morrison was attempting to defend Luke Walton on a drive to the basket and crumpled to the floor in severe pain while clutching his left knee.

"Our medical staff has had a chance to review the MRI, and they're saying right now they believe there is some sort of tear," coach Sam Vincent said Sunday, about an hour before the Bobcats took on Phoenix in the second day of the annual Staples Center shootout.

"Until they get in there and do whatever they do, who knows? But they are saying there's a good chance he will be out for the year. So I'm not counting on him playing," Vincent added.
Redick, touring in China, didn't fare so well either.
Redick, who is vying for major minutes after playing sparingly as a rookie, twisted his ankle Wednesday in the first game against Cleveland and struggled staying with Larry Hughes defensively. Making matters worse, Redick's usually reliable three-point stroke was off.

He made just one of six shots Wednesday against Cleveland, had two turnovers and was yanked by head coach Stan Van Gundy twice for defensive lapses. On Thursday, he again struggled to find the range, missing seven of nine.

In the first two games, Redick made just one of seven three-point shots. That's why Redick was in the arena early Saturday, shooting three-pointers 2½ hours before the game.

Van Gundy said that Redick is pressing because of his desire to be in the rotation, and he thinks Redick's twisted ankle is bothering him more than he's letting on.

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