Joel Embiid promises to ‘keep playing’ after sustaining thumb sprain in Game 5 against Toronto Raptors

TORONTO Philadelphia 76ersCenter Joel EmbiidHe believes that he can play through the right thumb sprain up to the playoffs. However, if there is any ligament damage he anticipates having to wait until the offseason to have any type of surgery.

“I want to be a player, so obviously got have to listen to them,” Embiid declared after the 76ers had lost a 110-102 decision. Toronto RaptorsTheir fourth-round series, Game 4. “So, I imagine that I continue to play and will probably do something after this season.”

Embiid suffered a thumb sprain in Game 3's first half. He finished Game 4 with 21 points and eight rebounds. He was 7-for-16 on the field and 7 for 9 from the foul line. He wore a wrap over his right (shooting thumb) thumb and the same brace that he wore for Game 3 and Friday's practice.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported Saturday that a preliminary examination of the thumb revealed a ligament tear. However, an MRI was required to confirm it, according to Embiid.

When asked if the injury was affecting his basketball play, Embiid stated that it was painful.

When asked about what was bothering him, he stated that it affected his rebounding. Embiid's eight rebounds are the most he had in a single game since a win against Dallas Jan. 18 — a span that spanned 14 games.

“I would say that it was more when it came to rebounding, at free throws, and also passing. It's not clear how to explain it, but it is whatever. The bigger story is that, although we won the game, it was not over. And we got to do a better job. “

The Raptors won Game 3 and carried over their winning ways. They led most of the game before Embiid's overtime win. Toronto continued to play that way even though they lost their All-Star guard Fred VanVleetIn the second quarter, a left hip strain was present.

VanVleet ripped his jersey in half as he left the court. He was leaving the court at 4:57 in the second quarter. The incident was later ruled out. To determine his availability for the future, the Raptors point guard was having further imaging performed on his hip Saturday night.

VanVleet was described by Nick Nurse, Raptors coach. First of all, he's been banged up pretty well this year, and he continues wearing his shoes and playing big minutes every night. That's quite a feat. It's not possible for everyone in the league to do that.

“When you're fighting through one thing and suddenly you get another one that feels just as painful to you, it can be frustrating.” He will go through a lot, including bumps, bruises, and bangs. I am sure he wanted to play and was frustrated.

VanVleet's absence was partially overcome by the Raptors, who were able to triumph over VanVleet partly because of the return Scottie BarnesAfter being named NBA's rookie of the year Saturday afternoon, he returned to court after missing the previous two games because of a sprained left leg.

Barnes, who started off the bench, was the team's first point guard. He replaced VanVleet in the second half. He was 1-for-6 from the floor, but he had 11 rebounds, two assists, and six points.

Barnes stated, “Just try and bring that defensive effort,” when Barnes was asked about his mentality in Game 4. “Get on the ground and do whatever you can to get us involved in different activities. Just keep trying to get us moving, and bring energy to try different things.

“Just having that presence and trying to be a leader, that's what I'm really trying to do. Don't try to do too much, just be there.

Like they did in Game 3 in Philadelphia, the Raptors continued to frustrate Philadelphia in the manner they were meant to in this series. Toronto made 16 turnovers, which resulted in 22 Raptors points. Toronto also grabbed 13 offensive rebounding points, which led to 12 second chances points and eight more shots.

This was in addition to Toronto scoring more free throws than Philadelphia (35-25), and big performances from Pascal Siakam(34 points; eight rebounds; five assists) Gary Trent JrThe Raptors managed to score 24 points and get on the board.

The 76ers admitted that they did not play with enough energy and effort and needed to do better in Game 5. However, Embiid had a different message for Ed Malloy, Scott Foster, and Rodney Mott, as he gave them a lengthy golf clap before he left the court.

“Well, well, I'm gonna listen to my own advice” Embiid replied. “But, as I was doing at end of game [with the clapping]They did a fantastic job. They did a great job today. I felt that they had only one job, and they accomplished it. We are very proud of them.

When asked if his “job” was making sure that there was a Game 5 in the future, Embiid answered “I don't think so.” But… But… You can still figure it out. They did an amazing job.

“Like you said, I'm going to take my own advice and not complain. If they don’t call it, then I’m going to be even more aggressive defensively and offensively next game. If they're going to call it fouls, or really no fouls, they have to earn it and be physically physical.

Embiid acknowledged that he was still not sure what caused the injury in Game 3. This is just the latest of a string of fluky injuries Embiid has sustained throughout his career, and particularly in the playoffs.

But when Embiid was asked if he was annoyed at yet another injury that occurred during the most important period of the year Embiid answered that he just focuses his attention on what he has control over when he gets on the court.

“It's whatever,” Embiid declared. “I'm Catholic. God… It was always in his hands. That's why I don't think about what could happen or what's likely to happen when I go out on the road.

“I go out there hoping to find the best and trusting, trusting.” [my teammates]. This series is not… It's not a series. [this]But I was very sick the first two games. I managed to get through it.

“It's playoffs. Nothing can stop me. Keep going and pray for the best.

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