An MRI scan on Joel Embiid’s right thumb confirmed he has a torn ligament.
Embiid would still play in the Sixers’ series against the Raptors despite his injury, which continues with Game 5 on Monday night (8 at the Wells Fargo Center), though it sounds like he will need surgery.
“There literally will be no change (on the court),” Rivers told reporters Sunday.
‘I want to play,” Embiid said following Saturday’s 110-102 Game 4 loss in Toronto. ”I’d imagine that I (will) keep playing and probably do something after the season (surgery).”
Embiid said on Saturday that the thumb disturbs him mostly when he rebounds, shoots free throws, and passes the ball. He hopes that the team’s medical staff can help him manage the pain as well as possible to allow him to keep playing at a high level as the Sixers, leading 3-1, try to close out the series.