Joel Embiid sprains hand, X-rays negative and he played through it

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Any time the words “Joel Embiid” and “injury” are in the same sentence, Sixers fans hold their breath.

They can exhale now.

Joel Embiid sprained his hand in the final 4 minutes of the Sixers win over the Suns on New Year’s Eve, but X-rays came back negative and Embiid said this was not serious, as reported by Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Embiid believes he suffered a sprain when collided at halfcourt with Devin Booker and slammed into the ground with 3:54 to go. He stayed in for the remainder of the game, determined to play until the end…

“It was numb but I’m a warrior,” Embiid said after the game, his hand wrapped in a thick bundle of ice. “I want to push through stuff and I want to play. I wanted to be on the court to win the game and that’s what we did.”

Embiid wants to play more. Philadelphia, as an organization, wants to be cautious with their star. However, in this case, if he misses any time it likely is just one game, and probably not even that. Philly’s next game is against the Spurs on Wednesday.

The Sixers need Embiid on the court to make a push for the playoffs (they are currently 1.5 games out of the eight seed). When he is on the court they have the point differential of a 57 win team, but when he sits that drops to a 23 win team.