Report: Heat G/F Josh Richardson could miss 2 weeks with groin injury
This is certainly a big blow to the Heat’s playoff chances, as Richardson is the team’s leading scorer and best perimeter defender.
The Heat are only a half game back to in-state neighbor Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final seed of the Eastern Conference, following two straight losses to the Boston Celtics to bump them out of contention.
Miami (38-40) has four games left, including a crucial season finale against the Nets that could very much decide the team’s playoff fate.
Three of the four games will be on the road (at Timberwolves, at Raptors, at Nets), while the lone home game will be against the Philadelphia 76ers. Three of them are also against playoff teams within their conference, which should prove a major test to handle without Richardson.
Richardson is posting 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season through 73 games, making him an invaluable asset at both ends of the floor.
The dynamic wing logged only 16 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to the Celtics, scoring seven points in the loss.
Should the Heat make the playoffs without him, they will have to wait until at least Game 3 of the first round to get him back from injury.