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- Clippers guard J.J. Redick will miss his fourth consecutive game (sore hip) when L.A. hosts the Trail Blazers tonight at Staples Center in a matchup of top Western Conference teams, but the starting shooting guard plans to return after the All-Star break. Backup shooting guard Willie Green is also out with a sore hip. Redick, acquired from the Bucks in a three-way offseason trade, missed all of December and the first week of January with a right hand injury. He averaged 17.7 points in his first 10 games back before showing signs of injury and averaging 8.3 points over the next three. Jamal Crawford will continue to start in Redick’s spot.
- Portland has lost five of its last seven following a 98-95 loss to the visiting Thunder on Tuesday night. The Trail Blazers also suffered a key loss when backup forward Joel Freeland suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee, which will sideline him four to eight weeks. Mo Williams also missed the game to attend to a family matter but has rejoined the team and will play. Williams is the top scoring reserve for Portland at 9.1 points. Victor Claver has also been activated to fill Freeland’s spot. Portland is 10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
- The Trail Blazers have used the same starting lineup of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez in all 52 games this season and that won’t change tonight. The NBA record for the most consecutive games with the same starting lineup is 73 by the Pistons during the 2005-06 season. That streak ended when Rasheed Wallace was suspended for one game for accumulating 16 technical fouls. Detroit went on to lose to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.