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NBA: Sixers star Joel Embiid trains with brace on wrist

/ 09:34 PM April 23, 2022
Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers waves after defeating the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on April 20, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers waves after defeating the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on April 20, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

The Philadelphia 76ers are taking no chances with star big man Joel Embiid, who practiced with a soft brace on his right hand and wrist on Friday as the team prepared to seek an NBA playoff sweep of the Toronto Raptors.

Embiid drilled a three-pointer with .08 seconds remaining to give the 76ers a thrilling 104-101 overtime win over the Raptors on Wednesday.

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He acknowledged after the game that he’d felt discomfort in his wrist during the contest.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Embiid said after the game. “I just started feeling pain. I think I might’ve twisted it.”

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He said at the time there was no chance he would miss Saturday’s game in Toronto, when the 76ers will be seeking to close out a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Friday that the brace was a precaution.

“He’s good,” Rivers said, adding that Embiid participated fully in practice.

“We did a lot of stuff. We just don’t want anybody to hit his arm and all that, so he was fine.”

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