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“Last year I grabbed the balls from the wrong side, so I feel like I’m already ahead of where I was last year,” Redick said. “I’ll try to maintain somewhat of a routine that I would have if I was playing a game.”When Redick plays in a game, that usually means one thing: He will make outside shots with deadly accuracy. Redick has averaged a career-high 47.6 percent clip from 3-point range to help the Clippers (35-18) go 18-5 without Blake Griffin, who has an injured quadriceps and broken right hand, the latter ailment happening after punching team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi at a local restaurant here. But Redick could not stop Golden State’s Stephen Curry from winning last season’s contest for reasons beyond Curry seemingly making every shot he takes.Redick did not advance out of the first round amid two startling developments: A few of Redick’s shots did not count since he could not keep his feet behind the 3-point line.“I shot a lot of long twos last year,” Redick joked. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick also struggled transitioning from catch-and-shoot opportunities toward hoisting 3-pointers after grabbing the ball from the rack. “I didn’t really have an issue with the timing last year, it was more the rhythm,” Redick said. “Depending on which side of the rack you grab the ball from, your footwork is a little different.“Not that shooting 3s off a rack is an exact science or anything. Ultimately the ball just needs to go through the net.”And they need to go into the net more than Curry, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Portland’s CJ McCollum will also be in the contest. Redick predicted Curry and Thompson will “shoot the ball really well and be relaxed.” Redick also considered Booker a “darkhorse.”“My stomach will be tight,” said Clippers guard Chris Paul, who will make his 10th All-Star appearance in Sunday’s game as a Western Conference reserve. “I’m going to be nervous for him. What makes J.J. such a great player is how competitive he is. He’s like me. We don’t just do anything for fun.”Hence, Redick’s in-depth preparation on how the rack and moneyballs could affect his performance. “The good thing about the three-point contest is no one’s guarding you,” Redick said. “So if I can kind of control the ball going through the basket and make close to 90 percent, I feel like I have a good chance.”Looking aheadRedick considered it a top priority for the Clippers to finish at least with the Western Conference’s fourth-best record. Then, the Clippers could have home-court advantage in the first round before possibly facing Golden State (48-4), San Antonio (45-8) or Oklahoma City (40-14) in the conference semifinals. “To beat any of those teams, you have to play pretty much mistake-free,” Redick said, “(Coach) Doc (Rivers) talks all the time about being the team that cares the most about the most possessions will win in the playoffs.”Redick and Paul also consider the Warriors that team. After winning last year’s NBA title, the Warriors could eclipse the Chicago Bulls’ league-record 72-win season set in 1995-96.“There’s no hangover. A lot of times, a team can kind of relax and not come out of the gates as hungry. They came out hungrier,” Redick said. “I don’t see a reason why they wouldn’t be able to match that record.”To clarifyThe night should have brought nostalgia for Clippers forward Paul Pierce. On Wednesday, he played his last game in Boston after finishing with a 15-year NBA career year that included winning an NBA championship (2008). But with the Clippers throwing fake punches at Pierce during lineup introductions, some publications saw parallels to Pierce’s stabbing at a Boston nightclub in 2000.“We’ve done that every game since the first preseason game, so it’s just a way for us to get excited. The only reason that Paul was kind of scrummed more than anyone else was because it was Boston and he was coming back to Boston,” Redick said. “It certainly didn’t have anything to do with Paul’s unfortunate incident over a decade ago.” TORONTO >> The rack will just represent the mechanism that holds the basketballs J.J. Redick will shoot. The money balls will just represent the extra points the Clippers’ guard hopes to accumulate.But when Redick participates in the NBA’s 3-point contest as part of All-Star festivities on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, the rack and moneyballs will also represent something else. It will mark the key part of Redick’s preparation in hopes to rectify last season’s finish, in which he did not advance out of the contest’s first round. So, Redick completed shooting workouts on Thursday and Friday that included using racks and moneyballs in his routine. Redick sounded optimistic that could help him win, which would prompt him to celebrate Saturday evening enjoying a bottle of Pinot Noir.