Q&A: What does Josh Richardson think the Miami Heat can accomplish over second half of season?

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Josh Richardson #0 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

With 42 games to go, what’s left on the Heat’s to-do list this season?

Miami has the NBA’s second-worst record at 11-29 and its 20-year-old first round pick — Justise Winslow — is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.

But Josh Richardson insists there’s a lot left to accomplish. The 23-year-old is part of the Heat’s young core that they could end up building around moving forward.

Here’s our Q&A with Josh on what the Heat have been through this season and what’s left to accomplish over the next few months …

Q: How tough have all the injuries been to deal with?

Josh: “It’s just part of it. First of all, it’s my first full season in the NBA. Well, it would be if I would have played all my games, you know. Justise [Winslow] and Tyler [Johnson], it’s their first year in a big role. So we all have bigger roles than we had last year so we have to be a lot more active in the game. I think we’ve done a good job of trying to figure things out and carve out our roles. Like you said, it’s tough with injuries. You can’t really get a good gauge on it. But it’s a long season, so some of us still have time. And when Justise gets back next year, he can take his time getting back into it and carve his role out.”

Q: Is the biggest disappointment the fact that you guys haven’t been able to gauge what this team can be because of all of the injuries?

Josh: “It just is what it is. You have to take it for what it is. It’s what happens in basketball. It’s a physical game and there are a lot of moving pieces, so you can’t really look too far into it.”

Q: How is Justise Winslow handling his season-ending shoulder injury?

Josh: “I talk to him every day. I’ve talked to him every day since he got hurt. He’s been doing good. He’s in good spirits right now. He said it sucks that he can’t be with us. But every time I talk to him, he seems like he’s in a pretty good mood.”

Q: Has anything surprised you about your first full NBA season?

Josh: “It’s been difficult. For me it’s just been difficult because I’ve been sore or hurt the whole year almost. Last year I felt good just about every game. This year I only felt great a couple times. It’s tough for me in that aspect because I know what I can bring to this team and I just haven’t been able to do it this year. But we still got time to get healthy and to show what we can do and get a good gauge of the guys that are still here.”

Q: What can this team salvage from the rest of this season?

Josh: “I think we can just mature a lot and grow a lot. You know we’re going to be in a lot of close games for the rest of the year. We play a lot of people really close so they can mature in that aspect. So when we get in that situation next year, we know that we’ve already been there. We’ve been in like 25 clutch games this year already. That’s a good aspect to grow. And just being leaders. Our young guys, I think we’ve done a good job of just trying to lead these guys who weren’t here before and teach guys about the program. We know how they like to run things.”

Q: Do you listen to the outside noise about the NBA draft and all that? Does it affect you?

Josh: “No.”

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