Josh Richardson missed his third consecutive game on Monday with right hamstring tightness and as much as the 76ers’ starting shooting guard wants to return, he understands that caution must be exercised.
“I never had hamstring problem, this is my first time,” Richardson said before Monday’s home game against the Utah Jazz. “Just from what I heard, it is one of those things that can get worse if you come back too soon. I would rather miss a couple of games here early than try to come back too soon and miss a few weeks.”
Richardson was able to work out at a reduced pace on Monday morning.
“I did a little bit of running, not full sprints, but I got some movement in," he said.
Monday’s game was the fifth he has missed this season. Richardson also missed home wins over the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs with right hip-flexor tightness. He then played two games before suffering the hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 97-91 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Richardson missed Friday’s 101-95 win in New York and Saturday’s 119-116 home victory over Indiana. He is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 assists.
For the second straight game, Furkan Korkmaz started in Richardson’s place.
Reserve point guard Trey Burke was ruled out of Monday’s game with an upper-respiratory illness. Burke had not appeared in three of the previous four games due to a coach’s decision. He has appeared in just seven games and is averaging 6.1 points and 3.3 assists in 17.5 minutes.
Second-year swingman Shake Milton was getting into a decent groove when he suffered a bone bruise and a mild sprain of his left knee in the Sixers’ third game of the season.
He didn’t appear in next seven games. Milton then averaged 8.9 minutes while playing in five of the next six games.
He missed last Wednesday’s game against Sacramento with an upper-respiratory illness.
To shake off some rust, Milton was sent to the G League’s Delaware Blue Coats, and he played in two games. The second of those games was Sunday, when he scored 13 points in 25 minutes during the Blue Coats’ loss at Lakeland, the Orlando affiliate.
“It is always good to go down there and get minutes and work on my game whenever opportunities don’t present themselves up here,” Milton said before the game. “It does a good job of helping me stay in the mindset and be ready.”
The goal is to resume getting rotation minutes, not the easiest task on a team with high expectations.