Redick to sit out finale in Portland

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick will start Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets but will be held out for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers for precautionary reasons.

Redick returned to the lineup nearly two weeks ago after recovering from a bulging disk in his lower back.

"I don't want him playing in a back-to-back," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think that's wise."

Rivers also said the Clippers hope to have Danny Granger back at practice Thursday or Friday with the hope he might be ready for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Granger has been out since March 27 because of strained left hamstring and was ruled out until the start of the playoffs soon after.

The Clippers have not had a completely healthy roster this season and if they make it through the final two games unscathed and get Granger back, their first time may be to start the postseason.

"I think we know who went want to play," Rivers said. "The problem will be how well they all play together because they haven't played together a lot. The playoffs are not the place you want to be trying to find out what's your best group."