Currently sitting at the 9th seed at 21-27 in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers will have to fight a little harder if they want to make the playoffs.
After losing starting power forward Thaddeus Young for the next three weeks over hamstring issues, the 76ers will have to make due without guard Jason Richardson. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Richardson will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury. Following surgery he will be out the next six to nine months. Previous to being announced out for the rest of 2013, J-Rich had missed the previous seven games due to his knee problems.
With it being his 11th season, first played with Philadelphia, Richardson was having his worst scoring output of his career. A 17 point per game player for his career, Jason was just averaging 10.5 points per contest in 33 games started this season.
Richardson was acquired by the 76ers from the Orlando Magic in the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, Arron Afflalo to Orlando and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.
Most likely, shooting guard Nick Young will proceed to take his spot in the starting rotation. In 113 career games, Young has averaged 16.3 points per game.
The urgency for all-star center Andrew Bynum (knee) to return to the team is becoming more important every day for this team. Only four games ahead of the Detroit Pistons team and four games behind the Boston Celtics, they have to begin making ground either way, so fans, the players and ownership can know what direction the team is headed. If headed toward the lottery, maybe Philly could help clean house and rid themselves of some of the big contracts they have on board at the moment.
Looks like Philly will be needing a bit more Jrue Holiday than they expected if this team wants to make the playoffs.