But as the playoffs continue, Embiid will have to weather a thumb injury that he’ll have surgery on at season’s end, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN story on Joel Embiid's ligament tear and looming offseason thumb surgery: https://t.co/Iv99Xy4RAF— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 24, 2022
News of Embiid’s injury surfaced before Game 4 on Saturday. Despite the injury, Embiid scored 21 points in 39 minutes, but the Toronto Raptors pulled out a 110-102 win and avoided the sweep. The 76ers now 3-1 against the Toronto Raptors and will have a chance to qualify for the second round Monday evening in Philadelphia.
If Philly can get past the first round and make a deep run, Embiid’s thumb could take a turn for the worse. But without the MVP candidate, the team will have an extremely difficult path to their first NBA Finals in over 20 years.