Report: 76ers’ Richardson out two-to-three weeks with hamstring strain

Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson (0) drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple during the first half of an NBA basketball game. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson is reportedly expected to be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks after an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left hamstring on Thursday, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.

The 26-year-old is the second 76ers starter who will be sitting on the sidelines, joining star big man Joel Embiid, who is out with a torn ligament in his finger.

Coming into the season with high expectations after narrowly losing to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals, Philadelphia has had a tumultuous season, sometimes looking like the stalwart defensive club with just enough shooting to be dangerously potent that they were projected to be, and other times looking much more like one of the league’s middling squads.

This has been reflected in their 29–17 record, which currently has them sitting sixth in the East.

Richardson has been vital to the team’s overall success, acting as a lethal defender at the point of attack on one end, and as a creator on the other, striking with a myriad of pull-up jumpers, penetration out of the pick-and-roll, and more.

This season, Richardson is averaging 15 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists on 43.6 per cent shooting from the field.

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