According to Jeff Skversky of WPVI-TV (an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia), the guard underwent x-rays on the afflicted ankle, which came back negative. However, the front office is taking precautions and is listing him inactive for Monday’s game against the Knicks.
After a very strong shooting performance in the preseason, the Sixers selected J-Rich to be the starter on opening day. Richardson came to Philadelphia as a minor piece in the four-team Dwight Howard blockbuster trade. As long as the sprain isn’t too serious, Richardson will likely take the helm as the starter for the rest of the season.
Richardson gives a lift to the Sixers back-court in a few ways. First, J-Rich brings a consistent three-point-shooting presence that the Sixers haven’t had in their number two guard possible since the days that Raja Bell wore a Sixers jersey back in the early 2000’s. Second, Richardson has the most NBA experience on the entire starting roster which brings a certain level of respect and mentoring that’s to be desired from the former Michigan State star.
Expect to not see Richardson for at least a week of action, but with his absence there is the opportunity for players like Nick Young & Dorell Wright to step into a starting role for the team. The positives of Richardson’s injury is that the aforementioned players both are comparable to the skill set of J-Rich, meaning the Sixers should be able to manage without him.
As long as the Sixers can maintain a high percentage from the floor in his absence, they should be able to bear the load that Richardson left.
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