NBA Playoffs

How Has Joel Embiid Performed Since Suffering Right Thumb Injury?

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Apr 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after
Apr 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after / Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

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The 76ers won in easy fashion in Game 6 Thursday to close out the first round and set themselves up with a matchup against the Miami Heat.

But the series was not always smooth sailing, as the matchup was shook up by an injury to Embiid's right thumb in Game 3.

The 28-year-old has not missed time and has played through with Spica tape securing his thumb. However, the only 3 he's made since suffering the injury was the buzzer-beater in overtime of Game 3.

Since the end of Game 3, the 76ers' big man has gone 0-9 from distance.

When the news of his torn ligament broke nine days ago, our Pro Basketball Docs explained that his 3-point shooting would likely be the only downgrade for his effectiveness.

Embiid has acknowledged that he will need surgery on the right thumb, but that won't come until the offseason.

Until then, it is a manner of pain tolerance and his 3-point shooting will likely continue to be effected.

During the regular season, he averaged 3.7 attempts from 3 per game and made an average of 1.4. In the three games since his injury, he has averaged 3 attempts per game.

He has already matched his longest stretch without a made 3 this season. In 2020, he did not make a 3 for 6 games, the longest stretch in his career.

His thumb injury is unlikely to improve ahead of the next series and his 3-point drought could stretch on against the Heat.

At FanDuel the 76ers are +140 to win the series against the Heat.

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