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Sources: Embiid has thumb pain, expects to play

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid is experiencing significant pain and discomfort in his right thumb and could get an MRI in the near future to determine whether there is ligament damage, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

Despite the discomfort, Embiid practiced on Friday and expects to play in Saturday’s Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors. Embiid was seen wearing a wrap on his right thumb at practice, but is determined to play through the injury, sources said.

“He’s good,” coach Doc Rivers said after practice. “We did a lot of stuff … we just don’t want anybody to hit us arms and hands and all that. But he’s fine.”

Embiid came to his news conference nearly two hours after Wednesday’s Game 3 ended following a lengthy treatment session, wearing a brace on his right hand and with what appeared to be tape on his right thumb underneath it.

“I don’t know exactly know what happened,” Embiid said on Wednesday. “But I just started feeling pain and think I might have twisted it. So we’re gonna see what’s going on [Thursday].”

When asked if the injury could possibly impact his availability for Game 4, Embiid said, “No. No chance.”

The Sixers head into Game 4 against Toronto with a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

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