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Sixers being cautious with Josh Richardson’s hamstring injury

Josh Richardson, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Josh Richardson will miss his third consecutive game on Monday when the Sixers host the Utah Jazz.

Richardson is still dealing with right hamstring tightness. While he is expected to return soon, a Sixers spokesman said that the franchise is being cautious with the combo guard.

The Sixers are 14-6 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 105.9 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.