Report: Josh Richardson suffers dislocated shoulder, will be re-evaluated in ‘a few weeks’

Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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.

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.

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.

“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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I hope he can be back sometime this season. I can’t remember a player that I disliked so much winning me over the way J-Rich has this season. Three months ago I would have been happy he was out of the rotation. Now I just hope he’ll be able to play the same way when he gets back.


Another heart warming news.


Get well soon JRich we need you in po


Next man up! Either Alondes or Tyler will need to play PG for the foeseeable future. Alondes dishing out 6.5 assists in G League. I’m sure Spo can bring the best out of him.

Reality Czech

Lots of potential. Aggressive, good defense, good shooter, but needs to get his turnovers under control.


With only Herro and Alondes as guards, does that throw off the buyout plan?

Reality Czech

That’s if there is a buyout plan under the circumstances. Butler can slide down, but it would mean Spo would absolutely need to utilize the back end of the bench – Cain, Orlando, Bryant Jovic.


If spo utilizes the back end the bench then you already know what that means…. BIGGER LINEUPS.


Does that means he could be available for PO?


I think so. That is good news. Up next, Terry.

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