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Josh Richardson criticizes Sixers for lack of accountability after loss to Pacers

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Following Tuesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Philadelphia 76ers have now lost three games in a row for the third time this season. After the game, Josh Richardson laid into his team — and thereby himself — with some critical comments of the Sixers’ current status.

“I don’t think there’s enough accountability in our locker room right now, honestly,” Richardson said, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think that we got some new guys, who don’t want to step on toes, myself included. I feel like we kind of go play, and don’t compete as much.

“There’s been games that we have and it’s been great. But when it’s not going good, we got to hold each other accountable. I think that’s where a lot of our problems start.”

Issues inside of the Sixers’ locker room have been discussed over the past two seasons now, as Jimmy Butler’s arrival last year shook up the landscape and reportedly ruffled some feathers. With Butler out and Richardson in, Philadelphia has hoped to take the next step toward claiming the Eastern Conference and giving itself a chance to compete for an NBA title.

Josh Richardson’s critique comes after he led his team in scoring with 20 points against the Pacers, the first time that he dropped a team high since Nov. 25.

The loss dropped the Sixers to the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference despite the team’s impressive 23-13 start to the 2019-20 campaign. There is ample time in the year for the squad to figure out any longstanding issues, but discussions of accountability stemming from the locker room is never ideal no matter when it sparks up.