Report: Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson Ruled Out vs. Cavs
The Philadelphia 76ers will be short-staffed on Saturday night as they enter another back to back set of games. For a while now, the team hasn't had starting shooting guard Josh Richardson available to play. As the 26-year-old veteran suffered a hamstring injury during last Wednesday's matchup with the Kings, he hasn't been able to recover yet.
Thursday's loss against the Wizards marked the fourth-straight game Richardson failed to play in since missing the second half of the Kings game last week. Now, he will miss his sixth straight game when the Cavaliers come to town on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, a Sixers spokesperson mentioned that Richardson "continues to progress" with his injury by doing individual workouts and treatments. However, the Sixers made it clear they won't be rushing J-Rich back on the floor this early into the season if he truly isn't ready. There's no timetable for return, but Richardson is guaranteed to be out Saturday.
As for Sixers' center Joel Embiid, he will miss the matchup with Cleveland as well. There was some speculation that Embiid might've gotten Saturday off regardless because he's been playing in back to backs, but nothing was confirmed until Friday night. And as of Friday evening's injury report, Embiid will, in fact, miss Saturday's game.
Except for Embiid won't miss the game due to rest. Instead, the Sixers' center is dealing with some discomfort in his left hip. Embiid's diagnoses was a left hip contusion, and his status moving forward will remain in question until after Saturday's game against the Cavs.