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We want J.J. Redick to play

There is not a whole ton for Magic fans to watch basketball-wise right now.

The Magic are not in the Playoffs and there are few players that would interest Magic fans. If you are watching the Playoffs, it is likely because you love basketball or are pining to fill an empty hole in your heart for Playoff basketball.

One player most Magic fans want to do well is J.J. Redick. Not only are his Milwaukee Bucks (still feels weird) playing up against the Magic's archrival Heat, but he is also one of the fan favorites. That standing ovation he received in his first game back in Orlando was something very organic and was a showing of appreciation for the first six full seasons of his career.

The trade though gave Redick the opportunity to play in the Playoffs, something he had said was important for him although he understood where the Magic were in the rebuilding franchise. The Playoffs though have not been so kind to Redick so far.

Not a lot was expected for the Bucks this postseason. Milwaukee may have acquired Redick expecting to climb a few spots too. That obviously did not happen. But I think we all expected to be seeing more Redick than we have so far.

Entering tonight's Game Three in Milwaukee, Redick has seen only 24 minutes of Playoff action scoring eight points and three assists while shooting two for seven from the floor. With the Bucks this season, Redick averaged 12.3 points per game and 2.7 assists per game in 28.7 minutes per game.

So why has Redick seen his minutes drastically cut? Cut to the point that he played in only 7:47 of Milwaukee's Game Two loss?

For Magic fans, it is beyond belief. It is beyond belief for many national commentators include SB Nation's Tom Ziller.

Milwaukee has two gunners for guards in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Redick could only help these guys spread the floor and maybe add a guy who could make plays for others as he had shown some ability to do in Orlando. Milwaukee has often run a three-guard lineup featuring all three of these guards. It is probably their best bet offensively.

Even at their best though, they probably were not going to be able to crack the Heat. As we saw in Game Two, the Heat are very capable of just flipping a switch and blowing a team out in 12 minutes as they did in the fourth quarter Tuesday. If the Bucks are lookign to steal Game Three and make this a series, they will need Redick.

If Milwaukee continues to keep one of its best offensive options on the bench (without any real reason), it could be a quick exit for a magic fan favorite.

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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