76ers' Joel Embiid exits game against Raptors early due to injury



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76ers' Joel Embiid exits game against Raptors early due to injury

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid exited the game against the Toronto Raptors mid-way through the second quarter after being hit in his right wrist and didn't return to court. Embiid, who suffered an ankle injury over the weekend against the Portland Trail Blazers, was already going to be held to limited minutes against the Raptors.

Three-time NBA All Star Embiid had an X-ray at the halftime that came back as negative but the team decided to say him out the remainder of the game. The 76ers who were also without their starting guard Ben Simmons, suffered a 125-121 loss to the Raptors.

The playoffs start next week and 76ers coach Brett Brown claimed he couldn't tell much to the reporters after the game. "I really don't know a lot to share," coach Brown said after the game, as quoted on ESPN.

"I do know it was whacked twice. As it relates to what's next, or the evaluation of it, I am sorry, I can't comment on that." The sixth-seeded 76ers are set to take on the third-seeded Boston Celtics in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

I've got a lot of respect for Brad," Brown said, referring to Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "We have had tons of experiences, regular season, playoffs, over the years. I think their team is very unique, in that they have so much firepower at so many different positions.

You know the Philly-Celtics rivalry is historic. "We are excited, and treat this series with tremendous respect. We are excited to compete against them."

76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz ready for the Celtics

"I think we are ready to fight against everybody," Korkmaz said.

"It doesn't matter who the opponent is. We all know every time, Philly against Boston, is a big deal, it's a big game. And then we start talking about matchups, how we can guard them, how they can guard us. "But I think the most important thing is what are we going to do on the court ...

how are we going to show up? I think that's more important than how they play. So I think that's going to be key for us, and we all know that. So we are all ready. We are all ready to fight." 76ers forward Al Horford, who played for the Celtics last year, added: It's part of the business.

Obviously we've already played them plenty of times this year, so that effect is kind of out of the way, so now we can just go out there and compete, and it should be a fun series."