Richardson is considered probable to play Thursday against the Rockets, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Richardson missed practice Tuesday due to a sore hip flexor, but the team doesn't think it's anything serious and expects him to be available Thursday after a few days of rest. Richardson had 22 points in the Heat's win over the Pelicans on Sunday.
Richardson's scoring total paced the Heat on the night and served as his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort. The fourth-year wing has now upped his shooting percentage and scoring totals over those of the prior contest in each of those games, a nice bounce-back after he opened December in a shooting slump that led an average of just 10.0 points over the first three outings of the month.
Richardson had 18 points (7-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Friday's 100-97 victory over the Grizzlies.
Richardson had his highest points total in two weeks in what was an improved effort against the Grizzlies. His numbers have been down across the board of late with perhaps the most concerning area being his lack of defensive numbers. He has now managed just three steals from his last seven games after recording eight in his two games prior to that. There is a chance he has been dropped in a number of leagues and if that is the case, he is worth grabbing.
Richardson's stat line was solid but modest, and the shoulder inflammation that cost him Saturday's game against the Clippers likely played a role in his shooting struggles. However, the fourth-year pro has been scuffling from the field for an extended period, as he's shot between 14.3 and 36.4 percent in the last seven games. While Richardson has still managed to keep up his scoring totals over that span through sheer volume, a downturn in shot attempts over the last three games combined with his lack of accuracy has led to single-digit point tallies in each of those contests.
Richardson (shoulder) will play in Monday's game with the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
After missing Saturday's game against the Clippers with shoulder inflammation, Richardson will play and presumably start Monday against the lakers. Although he's struggled of late, scoring just 14 points in his past two appearances, Richardson is still a solid fantasy option, averaging 19.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 35.2 minutes per game this year.
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