SALT LAKE CITY – The Miami Heat facility at AmericanAirlines Arena is getting pretty crowded considering the team is on the road.
Josh Richardson returned home today to join Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters, an announcement that did not come as a surprise after coach Erik Spoelstra revealed Wednesday that Richardson was dealing with a sprained right ankle. Spoelstra said before Miami’s victory at Denver that Richardson probably would be put on a plane and sent back to Miami.
After sitting out Wednesday, Richardson also will miss tonight’s game at Utah and Saturday at Portland at the minimum.
“It’s an easy decision for us,” coach Spoesltra said tonight. “His ankle is really sore, he has a bunch of other minor stuff going on. We just want him to go back, get his body right, feel right for the next four days and we’ll re-evaluate him then. But it’s a perfect setup right now. Guys are getting great work in. He’ll join them tomorrow.”
Spoelstra later said Richardson wrist is sore from falling on it.
Richardson injured his ankle against Boston on Monday and the ankle did not respond the last two days.
“I wasn’t sure what it was,” Richardson said 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.”
Waiters is rehabbing a torn groin muscle and Winslow receiving treatment for a sprained left wrist that will force him to miss at least 11 games.
The three players are working with strength and conditioning coach Bill Foran, along with other members of the staff. Spoelstra called the facility “our three times a day, in our facility, treatment, conditioning center.”
Richardson likely will have an MRI on the ankle to determine the exact injury. He just remembers being run into by Boston’s Marcus Smart and falling and then “just kind of limping the rest of the game but I don’t know exactly how it happened.”
Richardson also missed four games as the start of the season after partially tearing the MCL in his right knee during summer workouts.