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Sixers’ Josh Richardson (hamstring tightness) leaves game vs. Kings

Josh Richardson, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers will have to play the second half of Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings without the services of wing Josh Richardson, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest due to right hamstring soreness. Furkan Korkmaz entered the starting five to kick off the second half.

Richardson played 17 minutes during the first half and shot 4-for-6 from the field, finishing with nine points to go along with three assists and one block. Richardson knocked down a three for the 14th consecutive game prior to his departure.

Philadelphia has leaned heavily on their off-season acquisition over the past two games, as Richardson has knocked down a combined 11 triples in that span. He missed two games earlier this month, which forced Korkmaz to enter the starting lineup.

Entering the night, Richardson was third on the squad in scoring with 16.6 points per game, also serving as the team’s primary wing defender. He was brought aboard in exchange for Jimmy Butler during the summer and has quickly acclimated to his new surroundings, playing for a team other than the Miami Heat for the first time in his career.

While his next chance at returning comes Friday versus the New York Knicks, the 76ers are facing a stretch in which they will play three games in four days, which may mean that head coach Brett Brown could opt to stay cautious as it pertains to Richardson’s health so early in the season. Korkmaz would figure to remain among the starters should Richardson be forced out again.