J.J. Redick to sit out season finale

Updated: April 13, 2011, 2:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Magic guard J.J. Redick says he will sit out Orlando's regular season finale, but is "really close" to being able to practice ahead of the team's playoff series versus Atlanta, which begins this weekend.

Redick is sitting out his 17th straight game with a lower abdominal strain Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. He hasn't played since sustaining the injury in a walkthrough before the Magic's March 9 win over Sacramento.

He participated in some limited walkthroughs with the team Wednesday morning, but didn't do anything live. He says he expects to be able to do live drills by Friday. The Magic open the postseason Saturday.

The official playoff schedule will be released late Wednesday night.

Redick is averaging a career-best 10.1 points in his fifth NBA season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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