With seconds left in the Miami Heat's thrilling 97-90 Game 6 victory on the road against the Charlotte Hornets, rookie Josh Richardson was laying on the floor in pain as Dwyane Wade chased down Kemba Walker's desperation drive to the basket.
A day later, the Heat are now officially listing Richardson as questionable for the decisive Game 7 on Sunday due to a left shoulder strain. Yahoo's Shams Charania reports the early start tipoff time may affect the defensive specialist's availability, though he is "hopeful" to play regardless.
Richardson underwent an MRI on Saturday afternoon and could need a shoulder brace to play through the injury.
Richardson suffered the injury late in Miami's Game 6 victory in Charlotte on Friday, when Cody Zeller pulled his arm while setting a screen for Kemba Walker.
Back to that final play in which Richardson was injured, the NBA also ruled that a foul should have been called on Zeller.
NBA says play Josh Richardson injured his shoulder on should have been called illegal screen on Zeller. https://t.co/1oxRDGnY0c— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 30, 2016
Had that been called correctly, Wade's block wouldn't have been necessary. However, the referees also missed that one because the NBA ruled that it should have also been called a foul because of the contact he made with Walker's head.
Richardson, the No. 40 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, has played big minutes for the Heat since the All-Star break after injuries to Tyler Johnson and backup point guard Beno Udrih. Johnson remains available in his comeback from his own shoulder injury but has yet to play in the series.
For the Hornets, Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is now being listed as questionable and Spencer Hawes is out for the series with a right knee sprain.