Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson is facing a setback after sustaining a dislocated right shoulder during Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics, according to a report by The Athletic. Richardson’s injury occurred in the second quarter when he attempted to strip the ball from Boston’s Jayson Tatum, resulting in his shoulder popping out of place. Fortunately, Richardson stated that his shoulder popped back in on its own.
As a result of the injury, Richardson will be sidelined for several weeks and will undergo re-evaluation during this period, as reported by The Athletic. This setback adds to the Heat’s injury concerns, as Terry Rozier also suffered an injury during the same game. Rozier is awaiting MRI results on his right leg after an awkward landing in the third quarter.
In Sunday’s game, Richardson managed to score two points in seven minutes of play before exiting due to his injury. Throughout the current season, Richardson has been a consistent contributor for the Heat, averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 43 games, including six starts. This season marks Richardson’s return to the Heat after previously playing for the team from 2015 to 2019.
With a career spanning 546 games, including 322 starts across six different teams, Richardson has maintained an average of 11.6 points per game. Notably, he was drafted by the Miami Heat as a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Richardson’s injury presents a challenge for the Miami Heat as they navigate their season, highlighting the importance of depth and resilience in overcoming setbacks in professional sports. Fans will await updates on Richardson’s condition and hope for his swift recovery to rejoin the team on the court.