Josh Richardson still questionable for Game 5 but Heat forward says he’s ‘optimistic’ he’ll play

Miami’s Josh Richardson trails Philadelphia’s JJ Redick as Redick puts up a shot during the fourth quarter of the 76ers Game 4 win in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

PHILADELPHIA – The Miami Heat remain hopeful Josh Richardson will play in tonight’s Game 5 against the 76ers.

The Heat continue to list Richardson as questionable and the third-year forward said the probability of playing is 60 percent.

“(I’m) still sore,” Richardson said today after shootaround. “I’m going to warm up. … I’m optimistic about it. I’m going to have to go through a couple of things later to see how it feels again. I want to play.”

Richardson said he went through the entire shootaround. He was asked what he felt.

“A little bit of pain and some stuff but nothing too bad,” he said. “Nothing I can’t fight through.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra said it was “encouraging” to see what Richardson did during shootaround and that he will receive more treatment when the team arrives at the arena.

“We’ll see how he responds in the afternoon,” Spoelstra said.

Richardson injured his shoulder when he collided with Sixers center Joel Embiid while diving for a loose ball late in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 loss in Miami. Richardson was taken to the locker room immediately after the play, but returned for the start of the third quarter. He had four points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals in 19 second-half minutes and finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists and set a new Heat playoff record with seven steals.

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