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Sixers still trying to get Josh Richardson involved in games

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To complement the production of the trio of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown wants swingman Josh Richardson to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor.

The star trio combined for 90 points in the Sixers loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, 127-121. Josh Richardson was on the court for 30 minutes but scored a mere four points and had one assist. Despite his low output, Brown knows that Richardson is capable of. And he’s going to push him to reach his full potential.

“I always challenge him ‘you go ahead and put your own thumbprint on the game and take what the game gives you’,” said coach Brett Brown, per Ky Carlin of USA Today. “I think that he can be even more aggressive just in organic play. If you look at the Clipper game where he effectively won us the game, I didn’t call one play for him. That is a mindset more than anything. That’s my message, that’s my challenge, and that’s my admittance to myself of how do you make sure you keep him appreciated? He’s good people, he’s a great teammate, and we need his heart right where it needs to be in relation to how important he is to our defensive DNA.”

Brown was referring to the Sixers’ win over the LA Clippers in February, 110-103. Richardson dropped 21 points, 17 of which came in the fourth. On defense, he locked down star forward Paul George. Brown wants Richardson to put up this type of performance every single night. He knows that the guard can.