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Joel Embiid Reportedly Makes Decision On Playing In Game 4

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to his three pointer during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will have to battle through an injury for the remainder of the postseason. It was announced on Friday that Embiid may have suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Embiid still needs to undergo an MRI for the 76ers to determine the severity of his injury, but it's not expected to affect his status for Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors.

Yahoo Sports insider Chris Haynes is reporting that Embiid plans to play this Saturday afternoon against the Raptors.

"Sixers star Joel Embiid intends to play today in Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors, but plans to get an MRI on his right thumb when the team returns to Philadelphia, league sources tell Yahoo Sports," Haynes announced on Twitter.

Embiid is averaging 27.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per game this postseason. In Game 3, he hit a game-winning shot from beyond the arc.

Following the 76ers' practice session on Friday, head coach Doc Rivers provided an update on his All-Star center.

"He's good," Rivers said, via ESPN. "We did a lot of stuff ... we just don't want anybody to hit his arms and hands and all that. But he's fine."

If the 76ers can complete the sweep this Saturday against the Raptors, that would give Embiid time to rest his thumb for the second round of the playoffs.