Joel Embiid Hopes to Return from Hand Injury 'Next Week' for 76ers

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2020

In this photo taken Jan. 6, 2020, Joel Embiid looks at his injured finger during an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Philadelphia. Embiid injured the radial collateral ligament in the ring finger in the first half Monday night against Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid is eager to return after having surgery on a torn ligament suffered when he dislocated his finger on Jan. 6.

Embiid was named an All-Star starter on Thursday evening, but the 2014 third overall pick cares more about being able to return to action next week:

Embiid dislocated his left ring finger late in the first quarter of the Sixers' 120-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder and had surgery on Jan. 10. He's missed eight games so far during his recovery. 

The 25-year-old finished out the Thunder game despite the injury, and guard Ben Simmons admitted he "nearly threw up" when he saw Embiid's finger. 

"It was pretty bad," Embiid said. "I was basically playing with one hand. So it was pretty bad, but in the midst of the losing streak, I wanted to make sure that I do everything possible to try to get us the win."

Embiid finished the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Philly is 6-2 in Embiid's absence and owns a 29-17 record. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters relayed that Embiid participated fully in Friday's practice, "including contact drills," and will be reassessed on Monday.

The 76ers will be without Embiid for at least one more game, and it's a big one. The 36-9 Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers will visit the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. 

Embiid leads the Sixers in points per game (23.4) and rebounds per game (12.3) across 31 starts.

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