J.J. Redick played a pivotal role in the Los Angeles Clippers' 105-103 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. He scored 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including the 3-pointer that knotted the game at 94 with 19 seconds left to send it to overtime; perhaps more importantly, he committed the ludicrous get-on-my-back-for-a-piggyback-ride loose-ball foul on Pistons center Andre Drummond that kept L.A. within one possession and got the ball back, affording the Clips the chance to tie and eventually go on to win in OT.
A performance like that makes you a person of interest for postgame interviews. A performance like this during said interview makes you a person of interest in a much broader context:
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That might be the fastest we've ever seen J.J. Redick move on the basketball court.
So, what gives? Why'd J.J. — by all accounts one of the game's better, more gracious and more expansive quotes — decide to turn his walkoff chat into a runaway bride-type of situation? The answer comes, as many great things do, from NBA TV's Matt Winer.
According to @Matt_Winer, JJ was in a hurry because the last Clipper player into the locker room has to dance. JJ wasn't having any of that.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 15, 2015
Suddenly, all those furtive glances and all that weird looking around snaps into focus — Redick was trying to see if any of his teammates were still on the court, and when he didn't see a whole lot of Clippers black around, he realized it was high time to hightail it out of there and make a break for the visiting locker room. Evidently, though, Redick doesn't have anything to worry about when it's his turn to two-step:
The reason those moves are flawless, of course, is that they're cribbed entirely from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
Then again, maybe Redick was just holding out hope that he could somehow slip into the locker room before Lance Stephenson. Granted, it's unlikely — Lance caught his second DNP-CD of the season on Monday, and probably had a decent head start — but come on, who wouldn't want to see more of this sort of physical artistry?
Oh, well. Maybe next time, J.J. If nothing else, though, we appreciate the hustle.
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