Joel Embiid diagnosed with torn ligament in his finger, will have surgery Friday


Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with a torn radial collateral ligament of the fourth metacarpal on his left hand. In layman’s terms, it’s around the knuckle closest to his palm on his left ring finger.

Embiid was seeing an off-site specialist on Wednesday while the team was practicing in Camden. He has elected to have surgery Friday in New York and will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks, per a team spokeperson.

He suffered the injury in Monday’s win against the Thunder. His finger was grotesquely dislocated, but Embiid re-entered the game and recorded 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. 

With Embiid out, expect Al Horford to start at center with veteran Kyle O’Quinn and two-way player Norvel Pelle to get the minutes off the bench at the five.

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