Sixers’ Richardson limps off with hamstring strain

TORONTO — Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson exited Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors with a left hamstring strain.

The injury happened following a Ben Simmons bucket at 8 minutes, 15 seconds of the first quarter, when Richardson grabbed at his left leg as he rushed up to Raptors guard Fred VanVleet in order to try to pick off the ensuing inbounds pass.

Richardson, clearly in pain, didn’t attempt to go back over halfcourt, instead standing near Philadelphia coach Brett Brown until Raptors forward Pascal Siakam scored. Brown was able to call a timeout to get Richardson out of the game.

At that point, Richardson didn’t try to sit on the bench, slowly making his way back to Philadelphia’s locker room accompanied by a trainer.

Richardson, 26, is in his first season in Philadelphia after being acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat for Jimmy Butler in the offseason, and already missed six games earlier this season with a right hamstring injury.

The Sixers are also currently without star Joel Embiid, who had surgery to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in the ring finger of his left hand Jan. 10 after he injured it against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 6.

Richardson is averaging 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season for Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, Raptors guard Patrick McCaw exited the game at the 11:07 mark of the second quarter with a facial contusion, and the team later said he would not return to the game as he continued to be evaluated.

McCaw, who had entered the game only 17 seconds earlier, was hurt when he appeared to take an accidental hit to the mouth from Sixers center Norvel Pelle. He eventually got to his feet and had a towel draped over his face as he was helped to the locker room very slowly by Toronto’s training staff.