76ers’ Embiid reportedly suffering “significant pain” in thumb, listed as “available” for Game 4
Philadelphia has the chance to sweep Toronto out of the playoffs — and get a little organizational revenge for 2019 — when Game 4 takes place north of the border on Saturday.
They will have to get that win with an injured Embiid. After clearly being in pain the second half of Wednesday’s Game 3 but hitting the game-winner anyway, he was seen wearing a soft cast on his wrist at practice Friday.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Embiid is experiencing pain in his thumb and an MRI is expected in the coming days.
Despite all that, the team has listed him as available for Game 4 Saturday afternoon.
If the 76ers sweep the Raptors, they will have some time off awaiting the winner of the Miami vs. Atlanta series (the Heat lead 2-0 with Games 3 and 4 Friday and Sunday in Atlanta). It will be time for Embiid’s hand to improve.
Embiid has dominated the smaller Raptors this postseason, averaging 27.7 points on 51% shooting plus 13 rebounds a game through the team’s three wins. The sore thumb did not slow him in the second half of Game 3, when he scored 18 points and hit the game-winner then trash-talked Drake afterward.