Sixers’ Josh Richardson to play vs. Grizzlies after missing 6 games
Richardson has missed the previous six games because of a hamstring issue:
Josh Richardson will play tonight
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 7, 2020
The Sixers are really struggling right now. They are 31-21 on the season, but currently on a four-game losing streak.
Richardson has appeared in 38 games for the Sixers this season. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Before the season started, most pundits picked the Sixers to reach the East Finals. There’s still a lot of time left for Philly to get things together, but from what they have shown so far, it does not look like they will be able to make it deep into the postseason.
Both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons do their damage in the paint. Embiid has no room to operate in the post playing next to Al Horford and Simmons because the Sixers don’t have enough guys on the perimeter who can stretch the floor and bring their defender outside of the paint.
How is Embiid supposed to dominate in the paint if he’s getting doubled team at every turn and there’s no space for him to operate? Simmons has no resemblance of a jump shot, while Tobias Harris, Horford and Richardson aren’t consistent enough shooters to warrant Stephen Curry-like defense on the perimeter.