The Sixers will be without three of their usual starters for Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers.
In the first quarter of the Sixers’ loss Sunday afternoon to the Clippers, Richardson’s face collided with the back of Alec Burks’ head as Burks backed away after a drive to the hoop. He left the court with a towel pressed against his nose and was diagnosed with a nose contusion. Later, he was also diagnosed with a concussion.
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) and Ben Simmons (nerve impingement in lower back) remain out and didn’t travel with the team to Los Angeles.
Richardson’s absence will place more responsibility on the Sixers’ typical bench players. Sunday, Brett Brown started the second half with Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. Milton scored a career-high 39 points and, in his past four games as a starter, has averaged 21.3 points and 4.8 assists, shooting 64.6 percent from the field and 73.9 percent from three.
Glenn Robinson III has started the past two games but has yet to provide the outside shooting the Sixers hoped he could. In eight games with the team, he’s 0 for 10 from three.
The 37-24 Sixers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 21 regular-season games left, 1.5 games behind the Heat and a half-game ahead of the Pacers.
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