It’s been 21 games since J.J. Redick took the floor for the Clippers, long enough to almost forget about him. Friday night, though, Redick may help dust off some of those short memories.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that he anticipates Redick will return to the lineup against the Lakers.

“He’s been cleared and he looked good the other day, so if that’s true he’s probably going to play,” Rivers said.

Redick, who has been out since Nov. 29 with a fractured right hand and torn ligament in his wrist, has been on a fast-track to return. His hard cast was removed two weeks ago, he started shooting towards the end of last week, and he returned to practice on Tuesday.

Rivers is still uncertain as to how many minutes Redick will play if he suits up against the Lakers.

“We’re not going to do a lot today in practice, but we are going to practice more because J.J.’s back,” Rivers said. “I probably wouldn’t even practice [otherwise]. I’m just going to watch and see.

“I don’t think a practice will be able to tell me if he’ll be able to go 30 minutes or not. Tomorrow, I’m just going to watch him and if J.J.’s not running around screens that means he’s tired.”

The Clippers (25-13) have started Willie Green and Jamal Crawford in Redick’s absence with Crawford starting the past 14 games, including 10 victories. If Redick is back, Crawford will likely shift back into his sixth man role.