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Jason Richardson Suffers Ankle Sprain

 

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Richardson, the starting shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76erstook an early exit during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks after suffering a left-ankle sprain.

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.

Tyler R. Tynes is the Featured Columnist for the Philadelphia 76ers with Rant Sports, Lead Writer covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Buzz On Broad, Radio Host of “#SixersTalk” on Buzz On Broad Radio

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