[UPDATE: May 1, 2016, 11:19 a.m. — Josh Richardson warmed up, cleared all tests and will play in today’s Game 7]
Heat rookie Josh Richardson, a critical perimeter defender and 3-point shooter, got good news Saturday afternoon. While he remains in pain after a blow to the left shoulder late in Game 6, he did not suffer any major damage.
The team listed Richardson as questionable for today’s Game 7 against the Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m., ABC), and Erik Spoelstra was unsure whether he would be available.
“You have to be responsible to the athlete,” Spoelstra said before Richardson’s MRI. “If you leave it up to Josh, he says there’s no question he’s playing. That may be the case. But the responsible thing for him and for us is to get it checked out.”
The upside for the Heat is that Tyler Johnson (shoulder) appears to be fully ready to go and Goran Dragic came up big late in Game 6, signaling he might have turned a corner in the series.
“Tyler’s done a lot of work in the last three weeks,” Spoelstra said. “He keeps on kidding me. Since I mentioned that he’d be available on an emergency basis, every time I bump into him he says, ‘I see a lot of emergencies out there.’ If that’s what’s necessary, we’ll use him. If somebody else has to play 40-plus minutes, we’ll go there as well.”