Sixers news: Josh Richardson out 2-3 weeks with strained hamstring
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Report: Sixers’ Josh Richardson out at least 2-3 weeks with strained hamstring

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Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Josh Richardson was diagnosed with a strained hamstring after undergoing an MRI exam on Thursday. The Sixers guard is bound to be re-evaluated in two to three weeks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

The Sixers were bracing for the worst after Richardson left after five minutes of play on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, expecting changes to come in their lineup.

Philly is already short-handed with the loss of Joel Embiid. Now the Sixers lose another dynamic starter, as they will be without the 3-and-D impact Richardson brings on a nightly basis.

Head coach Brett Brown noted this would be an opportunity for players to step up in his absence:

“I see it as an opportunity,” said Sixers head coach Brett Brown after a 107-95 loss to the Raptors, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “Something will happen out of this, where something will emerge. The spirit of the group is incredible. I really like coaching the team. They’ve got a togetherness, and we’ll figure this out. And then, in the not-too-distant future, here comes Jo, whatever that means, and we’ll deal with J-Rich’s injury on the terms I just said.”

Losing Josh Richardson for two to three weeks, however, is a brutal shot for a team that had won four straight games before a 107-95 loss to the Raptors.

The Sixers will face some stiff competition in their upcoming games, set to face the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks as four of their opponents in the next six games.