Doc Rivers has revealed a concerning update on Joel Embiid's thumb injury.
When asked directly if Embiid suffered a ligament tear, the 76ers head coach said “It’s not a good injury. I’ll leave it at that,” per Philadelphia insider Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Despite this concerning update from Rivers, Embiid reportedly plans to take the court for Saturday's Game 4 matchup against the Toronto Raptors. He wore a soft cast on his right thumb during the second half of Wednesday's Game 3 victory, and again during practice on Friday.
Embiid is reportedly experiencing "pain and discomfort" but vows to play through the pain. He expects to get an MRI when the team returns to Philadelphia after Game 4.
Embiid has been stellar for the Sixers in this year's first-round series, averaging 27.7 points and 13 rebounds through three games against the Raptors. The MVP candidate also hit a game-winning three pointer in Game 3's overtime finish.
Embiid and the Sixers will look to close out the series sweep at 2 p.m. ET this afternoon.