Sixers’ Josh Richardson goes through full-court workout, still ruled out Sunday vs. Raptors
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Josh Richardson won’t play on Saturday or Sunday for the Sixers.
Richardson is still dealing with right hamstring tightness. He went through a full-court workout on Saturday, so that’s a good sign for the Sixers that the combo guard is close to coming back.
Josh Richardson (hamstring tightness) will also be OUT for tomorrow’s game vs. Toronto #Sixers spokesman says Richardson continues to progress. He went through a full full-court workout today in Camden.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 7, 2019
The Sixers are 15-7 on the season, which is good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
In his first season in Philly, Richardson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 16 games. He’s shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers are 10-6 when Richardson plays. Their offensive rating drops from 111.4 to 105.7 when Richardson isn’t on the floor, per Basketball Reference.
Since it’s a long season and the Sixers have championship aspirations, it’s smart for the organization to be careful with Richardson. After all, hamstring injuries are very tricky to deal with since they can flare up at any moment. Richardson should only return to the lineup once he is at 100 percent and feels comfortable moving.
Led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Philadelphia has a good shot at winning the East. Most pundits believe the Milwaukee Bucks will meet Philly in the Eastern Conference Finals, which would definitely be a fun series.
Embiid, though, will miss Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.