Sixers news: Josh Richardson out vs. Spurs, expected to be game-time decision vs. Heat
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Sixers’ Josh Richardson out vs. Spurs, expected to be game-time decision vs. Heat

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman Josh Richardson will miss the Sixers’ Friday night matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Richardson is a game-time decision for Saturday’s tilt against the Miami heat — which will be the two teams’ first meeting since the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade this past summer. Richardson was included in a package for Butler, with Miami shipping him out to the Sixers.

Richardson previously missed Wednesday’s home win over the New York Knicks. Prior to his absence due to a hip injury, the 6-foot-5 swingman has started in all 13 games for Philly, averaging 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from 3-point range, and 85.0 percent from the free throw line.

The Butler trade marked an important new chapter in the franchise’s history, with the Sixers re-signing veteran forward Tobias Harris to a max contract while getting power forward/center Al Horford from division rival Boston Celtics. Now, Philly deploys a huge lineup featuring new arrivals Richardson and Horford alongside the returning Harris and All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

The Heat, while dealing with issues of their own with Dion Waiters suspended, have also seen Butler flourish as the leader of Miami along with the rising rookies in Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro. While Richardson could miss Saturday’s game against his former team, the real matchup might actually be whether starting center Bam Adebayo can contain Embiid.