Embiid plans to have MRI on injured thumb after Game 4

The Philadelphia 76ers are one win away Saturday from sweeping a first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, but it’s the health of star center Joel Embiid that weighs even more heavily.

While Embiid reportedly intends to play through the pain of a thumb injury in the Philadelphia playoffs, he still plans to get an MRI sometime after Game 4. according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. There is a fear in the 76ers organization that Embiid has suffered a torn right thumb ligament, by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Embiid, 28, is a runner-up for NBA MVP honors after winning regular-season scoring with 30.6 points per game, as well as 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 blocks. . He was also a force in the playoffs, averaging 27.7 points and 13.0 rebounds in the 76ers’ three wins.

On Thursday, Embiid saved the day for Philadelphia with a last-second game-winning three-pointer in overtime.

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