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Josh Richardson questionable for do-or-die Game 5 vs. Sixers

Josh Richardson

The Miami Heat’s backs are up against the wall, as the team is down in a 3-1 hole in their first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.

If they are to prolong the series past a fifth game, they will probably have to do so without one of their key players. According to the Heat’s official Twitter account, guard-forward Josh Richardson is labeled as questionable for Game 5 for the crucial Game 5 showdown with Philly on the road Tuesday night because of a shoulder issue.

Richardson hurt his shoulder after trying to go after a loose ball in the second quarter of Game 4.

Although Josh Richardson is dealing with a shoulder injury, it’s fair to assume he would brave through it and play this Tuesday, as the Heat need all hands to be on deck against the Sixers on the road.

The Heat have lost the last two games of the series, including Game 4’s 106-102 defeat at home in which Richardson scored 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field with five rebounds, seven assists, a block, and an amazing total of seven steals, setting a new playoff- franchise record in steals.

So far in the postseason, Richardson is averaging 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while also shooting 38.5 percent from the field.

Should Richardson fail to suit up this Tuesday, the Heat will likely give extra minutes to Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington while Dwyane Wade could also see more playing time in what is possibly his last game in Heat uniform.