Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson has officially suffered a dislocated shoulder and won’t be re-evaluated for a few weeks, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania. Richardson suffered the unfortunate injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s 110-106 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson has suffered a dislocated right shoulder and is expected to be re-evaluated in a few weeks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Richardson has averaged 10 points in return season in Miami, including 40% from 3-point range over last two months. pic.twitter.com/FUsG1p2UlZ
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 12, 2024
Team reporter and insider Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald confirmed Richardson’s MRI Monday. Now, the Heat will await Terry Rozier’s MRI after he suffered a knee/ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game, where he had to be helped off the court. Rozier’s MRI will not be until later on Monday, per Chiang.
Can confirm MRI revealed dislocated right shoulder for Josh Richardson. He’ll be re-evaluated in a couple weeks.
We’re still waiting on Terry Rozier’s diagnosis. Rozier’s MRI is later today. https://t.co/SSMaMJRpwA
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 12, 2024
Richardson injured his arm after trying to strip the ball from Celtics forward Jayson Tatum with over nine minutes left in the first half. He left court without being able to move his shoulder and did not return.
Josh Richardson leaves game without being able to move shoulder much. pic.twitter.com/pNmOkDS2yq
— Will Manso (@WillManso) February 11, 2024
“I felt my shoulder pop out on the floor and then it popped back in laying on the ground,” Richardson said after the game Sunday. “So thank goodness for that.”
There was no specific timetable outside of a “few weeks” for Richardson’s timetable for re-evaluation. Thus, it’s fair to expect that he will miss at least the month–similar to Julius Randle’s timetable after also suffering a dislocated shoulder against Miami in late January.
Richardson, 30, is averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from 3-point range. He was in the midst of one of his best offensive stretches all season, averaging 12.0 points on 50.7/37.2/100 shooting splits (63.5 TS%), in addition to 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists, over his previous eight games entering Sunday.
With R.J. Hampton recently cut, injuries to Dru Smith (out for the season), Rozier and Richardson presumably injured for the foreseeable future, the Heat has just two active guards on the roster: Tyler Herro and Alondes Williams, who signed a two-way contract last week after waiving Hampton.
The Heat still have one available roster spot, so it could opt to sign a player on the buyout market. One could wonder how multiple injuries to their backcourt affect how they navigate it.
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