Richardson (groin) is listed as out for Wednesday's season finale against the Nets.
Even if the Heat were still in the hunt for a playoff spot heading into Wednesday, Richardson would have been a long shot to suit up after it was estimated he would require at least two weeks of healing time when he strained his hip earlier this month. The team's elimination from the postseason makes it an easy choice for the Heat to shutter Richardson for what has been a somewhat frustrating season. While he wraps up the campaign with career-best averages in points (16.6 per game), assists (4.1), rebounds (3.6) and three-pointers (2.2), Richardson saw his efficiency from the field take a major hit and while also experiencing a downturn in his steal and block rate.
An MRI on Richardson's groin revealed no structural damage, but he could miss up to two weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Richardson was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against Boston after missing the previous game, but he departed after only 16 minutes of action and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. While the versatile wing looks to have avoided a serious injury, it couldn't come at a worse time for Miami, which enters Thursday on the wrong end of a tie with Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East. With only four games to play, it's unlikely Richardson will be back on the floor before the end of the regular season, though if the Heat are able to make the playoffs, he could make his return early in Round 1.
Richardson will not return to Wednesday's game against the Celtics after leaving with a left leg injury.
The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, with more information likely to come out following Wednesday's action. For now, he should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves. If he is forced to miss more time, Rodney McGruder and Dwyane Wade could see larger roles.
Richardson (heel) will play Wednesday against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Richardson has missed the past three games due to a bruised left heel, but he'll make his return Wednesday. He'll presumably re-join the starting five.
Richardson (heel) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup versus the Celtics, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
There was concern that Richardson, who has been dealing with a left bruised heel for the past week, would miss at least the remainder of the regular season, so appearing on the injury report as questionable is a good sign of a possible return. With the Heat battling for a playoff spot over the course of the next five games, the team may elect to rush Richardson back as soon as possible; Richardson will likely be a game-time decision Wednesday.
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