Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson did not play in last night's 92-84 win over the Washington Wizards, the fifth straight game he missed due to knee inflammation. While that itself isn't particularly newsworthy, the fact that he spent his Wednesday flying to Colorado is. CSN Philly's John Finger has the details:

"Richardson will be departing for Vail, Colo. on Wednesday night to meet with renowned knee surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman for an examination of his ailing left knee.

Steadman is well known in basketball circles for performing microfracture surgery. He also works closely with the U.S. ski team and was inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame."

First off, is anybody else sick of reading about knee problems? Okay, that's what I thought. Just checking.

My first reaction is that in the short-term, Richardson's absence doesn't hurt the Sixers as much as most teams would after losing a regular starter. This is mostly due to the troubling development of Richardson not giving the Sixers much positive play recently. After a hot start where he was arguably the team's most pleasant surprise, the 32-year-old has largely struggled since.

With the veteran guard's role on this particular team, how he plays really depends on his ability to knock down shots. And after a sizzling hot November where he averaged 13.4 points and shot 47 percent from three-point range, Richardson has shot 26 percent since, on largely the same quality looks from behind the arc.