The Miami Heat’s official Twitter account said that Josh Richardson is questionable to play in Tuesday’s Game 5 after he sprained his shoulder when Joel Embiid collided into him while going for a loose ball in Game 4 Saturday.
#MIAvsPHI INJURY UPDATE: Josh Richardson (shoulder sprain) is questionable to play in tomorrow night’s Game 5 vs the Sixers.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 23, 2018
Richardson did not practice Monday, but sounded positive when he spoke with reporters. He said, “It feels good right now,” and later added, “Everything in me wants to play [Tuesday]. I’m definitely going to give it my best shot.”
The 6-foot-6 guard is Miami’s best two-way player, and he would undoubtedly help the Heat’s chances to extend the series to a sixth game. Richardson’s potential absence would also give Erik Spoelstra a question as to his starting unit. Would he start Justise Winslow? Wayne Ellington? Would Spoelstra start Rodney McGruder, who has been out of the Heat’s rotation?
Spoelstra said that, “It’s too early to tell. We’re know more in 24 hours.” How Richardson’s body responds over these next few hours could decide whether Miami’s season continues.