76ers fear Joel Embiid dealing with torn ligament in thumb, MVP candidate vows to keep playing, per reports

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Joel Embiid is experiencing pain and discomfort in his right thumb, according to Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. Embiid practiced Friday and is reportedly expected to play in Game 4 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Toronto Raptors. He could get an MRI in the near future to figure out just how the bad injury is, but that has not been set yet. According to Shams Charania, there is fear that Embiid is dealing with a torn ligament in that thumb, but Embiid has vowed to keep playing through the injury.

Embiid has been stellar throughout the first round. His 76ers are one win away from sweeping the Raptors out of the playoffs. Embiid is averaging just under 28 points and 13 rebounds in the series, and in Game 3, he made a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left on the clock in overtime to give the 76ers the win over the Raptors.

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Embiid has a lengthy history of injuries in the postseason. Though he missed only one game last year, a knee injury limited him in the 2021 playoffs. He similarly struggled to stay on the floor during the 2019 postseason, and he obviously missed the first…

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