Sixers’ Josh Richardson injures left hamstring, out for rest of contest Wednesday
Philadelphia 76ers wing Josh Richardson has not had good luck this season, especially when it comes to hamstring health. On Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, the Sixers swingman had to leave the game early with an apparent hamstring injury.
Richardson has officially been ruled out of the game due to the injury.
Richardson grabbing his left hamstring in pain at mid-court, Sixers immediately had to call a timeout.
Right hamstring was the one he had issues with earlier this season, so not a great sign.
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) January 23, 2020
Richardson logged four minutes of time on the floor prior to his departure and did not make any contributions to the stat line. His absence will pave the way for Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton to see increased roles on the wing for the Sixers, while Matisse Thybulle will presumably become the team’s primary on-ball defender against elite offensive competition.
If any good news can be gleaned from the ailment, it’s that the injury that Richardson sustained Wednesday did not occur in the same hamstring that hampered him previously this year.
In his first season with the Sixers, Richardson entered the night averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest, starting all 38 games that he has appeared in. He has proven to be a vital wing scorer alongside the unique talents of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, helping the team get off to a 29-16 start to the 2019-20 season.
With the finicky nature of hamstring injuries — coupled with his relative immediate ruling out — Josh Richardson could be in line for a string of outings in street clothes. With Embiid (hand) already sidelined, the Sixers will look to stay afloat in the crowded top end of the Eastern Conference.