SALT LAKE CITY – Add guard Josh Richardson to the list of Miami Heat players who will not play during this three-game road trip.
Richardson injured his ankle against Boston on Monday and hoped to avoid missing time but the ankle did not respond the last two days.
“I wasn’t sure what it was,” Richardson said following Miami’s 106-98 victory at Denver on Wednesday. “I thought it was something minor but I just kept feeling it. I tried to walk through (Tuesday) and do shoot around (Wednesday) morning and it was tough.
“I got treatment all day so I thought it would be better tonight but I went out for warmups and it didn’t feel right.”
They now are deciding whether to send Richardson back to Miami today for treatment where he would join guard Dion Waiters (groin) and forward Justise Winslow (wrist) – three likely starters – on the shelf. The Heat (6-12) play at Utah (11-8) tonight.
“That right now is becoming our three times a day, in our facility, treatment, conditioning center,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s a lot of conditioning and a lot of treatment. More hours there than you’d be doing here.”
When asked if Richardson would need an MRI, Spoelstra said. “We’ll do our due diligence but it’s just a sprained ankle. We want to make sure we get it checked out.”
Richardson, though, is not even sure if he rolled the ankle.
“I remember I was guarding Terry Rozier, and Marcus Smart came out of nowhere and hit me and it was a foul,” he said. “And I remember falling and I remember just kind of limping the rest of the game but I don’t know exactly how it happened. I just remembered it happened kind of fast.”
Richardson is trying to remain upbeat. He missed all of training camp and the first four games of the season after partially tearing the MCL in his right knee during summer workouts.
“I’m just taking it in stride,” he said. “I’m not going to get down, I’m not going to get upset about it. I’ll just try to get back as fast as possible.”
Richardson was just finding he stride. He has averaged 13.0 points and shot 45.5 percent on three pointers in his last three games.
Waiters and Winslow did not accompany the team on this trip that concludes Saturday in Portland. Waiters has a torn muscle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. He has missed two games so far. Winslow, recovering from a sprained wrist, is testing out new wrist wrap. He is expected to have a full practice Monday in hopes of returning for Tuesday’s home game against the Knicks. Winslow will have missed 11 games.