Sixers Injury Report: Josh Richardson doubtful, Al Horford out vs. Knicks
Turkey day is in the books, and NBA basketball is back after the very short hiatus. On Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers will resume the 2019-2020 season with their second matchup against the New York Knicks. Except for this time, they are traveling there.
Just last week, the Sixers hosted the Knicks for the first time this season, and they did exactly what they were expected to -- beat the inferior team at home. Although the Sixers will travel to Madison Square Garden for Friday's battle, Philly is still in favor of winning.
However, the Sixers are fighting an uphill battle this time around, though. The theme of missing a key player due to a minor injury or rest will continue on Friday night, as the Sixers will be without a handful of players for multiple reasons.
For starters, the Sixers are beginning a back-to-back, with games on Friday and Saturday. Therefore, we already know that the load management factor will kick in for at least one of the big guys in the starting lineup.
For the second time this season, Al Horford will miss the first of the back-to-back matchups. Though he doesn't like the idea of missing games due to load management, the 33-year-old forward/center respects the Sixers' sports science approach to the game.
Now regarding the injuries on-board, backup center Kyle O'Quinn will miss his second consecutive game due to a left calf strain, which he suffered a few nights back against the Toronto Raptors. There's currently no timetable for O'Quinn's return. Therefore, the team is moving forward with him as day-to-day.
Lastly, Sixers' guard Josh Richardson is in danger of missing another game as well. He missed some time last week but was able to return on Saturday. Unfortunately, Richardson was experiencing some tightness in his hamstring during Wednesday night's matchup with the Kings. So the veteran guard got the rest of the night off in the second half.
While Richardson is not officially ruled out against the Knicks on Friday, it looks like his chances of actually getting on the court are slim to none. Seeing as though Richardson is listed as doubtful, the team will likely re-evaluate him on Saturday to see if he can go against the Indiana Pacers.