Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, who just returned Wednesday after missing three games because of a sore heel, is out again -- this time with an injured groin and hip strain, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
While an MRI on Richardson's left hip and groin showed no structural damage, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Heat player could miss two critical weeks as Miami vies for a spot in the playoffs.
During a 112-102 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Richardson departed early in the third quarter.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, 25-year-old Richardson will not travel during the Heat's two-game trip that begins Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and ends Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. He will be re-evaluated Monday when the team returns to Miami.
While the Heat (38-40) dropped to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with the Wednesday loss, they head into Thursday's action trailing the sixth-place Detroit Pistons (39-39) by one game and are a half-game behind the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, who are tied for seventh at 39-40.
This season, Richardson, who is in his fourth season with the Heat, is averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
--Field Level Media
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