Joel Embiid Injury Update: Grotesque Dislocated Finger Means Sixers Star Could Miss Game Against Boston Celtics

Joel Embiid has revealed he could miss Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics after dislocating a finger in his left hand on Monday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers center indicated the team medical staff was working to establish whether ligaments in his finger had been damaged, admitting he may have to sit out the matchup against the Sixers' Eastern Conference rivals.

"That's a possibility," he said in his press conference after Monday's game when asked whether he could be forced to miss Thursday's game.

"I want to play. It's a big game. [...] Obviously, I'll try to fight it, but they care about me, so whatever they [the team's doctors] want to do. [...] We'll see.

"They [the doctors] were just talking about the ligament. They're still figuring out what's next."

Footage of Embiid's injury went viral as TV cameras showed his left ring finger was grotesquely dislocated late in the first quarter of the Sixers' 120-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While guarding Steven Adams in the post, Embiid looked clearly in discomfort and signaled for a timeout as cameras showed his finger was bent at a very awkward angle.

"I came back in, and then it just happened," Embiid said after the game. "It was unfortunate."

I feel like Joel Embiid’s finger probably shouldn’t look like this

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Embiid left the court and had to be treated, before surprisingly re-emerging for the beginning of the second quarter and playing the rest of the game with his middle and ring fingers wrapped together.

The 25-year-old player admitted his finger had bothered him throughout the game and he had to undergo X-rays in the locker room midway through the first period. At that point, Embiid said he had felt his finger "snapping, and I thought I fractured it."

The two-time All-Star was eventually cleared to return to the court, before he injured his finger while guarding Adams. The graphic nature of the injury was not lost on Embiid, or on his teammates, with Ben Simmons suggesting he "almost threw up" when he realized the extent of the injury.

"It was pretty bad," Embiid explained. "I basically could only play with one hand. It was really bad. But in the midst of the losing streak, I just wanted to make sure that I do everything possible to get us a win, and I was glad to get us a win."

"The consequences, you assume them later, but as the leader, I wanted to go out and show your teammates that you want to win, and you're going to do whatever possible to do so," said the player.

Despite the injury, Embiid finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes as the Sixers snapped a four-game losing streak. With the win over the Thunder, Philadelphia improve to 24-14 for the season and remain fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, eight games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, the current conference leaders, and three behind the Celtics and the Miami Heat who currently occupy second and third place.

The Thunder, meanwhile, slipped to 20-16 after a first loss following five consecutive wins but and remain seventh in the Western Conference with a 5.5-game gap over the Memphis Grizzlies, who are the first team currently outside the playoff spots.

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Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers points against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty