Just a few hours ago, news broke that Joel Embiid tore a ligament as a result of dislocating the ring finger on his left hand in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, as Sixers fans prepare to take in a game against the Boston Celtics, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports that Embiid will have surgery tomorrow to repair the torn ligament.
Joel Embiid is having surgery tomorrow in New York. Being re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 9, 2020
Bontemps notes that Embiid will be re-evaluated in 1 to 2 weeks.
Let’s start with the obvious: this means Embiid is out for at least the next week or two. Probably longer. The good news is that the injury has been clearly identified and Embiid and the organization are moving quickly on treatment. But now the Sixers will be without their superstar center for an extended run as they try to climb their way out of 5th place in the East and back in position to host a playoff series.
The lingering worry for many fans will be the question of whether this sets Embiid back for the playoffs. Last season, we saw Joel struggle with conditioning and we can only presume not being able to play for much of the 2nd half of the season played a part in that. However, Jo’s ailments last season were knee soreness and tendonitis, the treatment for which require rest and generally refraining from stress on the knee. You would think this current particular injury in Joel’s finger would at least allow him more freedom to workout during his recovery.