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Breaking: Joel Embiid Will Require Surgery, But Not Immediately

Joel Embiid raising his arms during a Philadelphia 76ers game. He reportedly approves of Mike D'Antoni as potential next Sixers coach.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Joel Embiid #21 and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers react against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center on November 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Philadelphia 76ers MVP candidate Joel Embiid is dealing with an ailing right thumb, which we now know will require offseason surgery.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that an MRI confirmed that Embiid has a torn ligament in his right thumb, which will need to be operated on. However, he'll play through the injury for the remainder of the postseason.

Embiid himself said yesterday that he would not miss time as he attempts to lead Philadelphia to its first NBA Finals appearance since 2001.

Embiid was seen with a protective brace on his thumb during practice on Friday. He managed to play 39 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Embiid had scored 33 and 31 points respectively in the previous two games, including a game-winning three-pointer in overtime in Game 3. He averaged 30.6 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in the regular season.

Despite yesterday's defeat, Philadelphia still leads Toronto three games to one. They will try to wrap up the first round series at home tomorrow night.