Em­biid has lig­a­ment tear in left hand, surgery set

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Joel Em­biid has a torn lig­a­ment in his left hand.

Em­biid sat out the 76ers’ 109-98 road win over the Celtics on Thurs­day night and will un­dergo surgery Fri­day. He will be re-eval­u­ated in one to two weeks.

Em­biid in­jured the ra­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in the ring fin­ger in the first half Mon­day against the Thun­der. Em­biid’s over­lapped his pinkie to the point that it seemed he had his fin­gers crossed. He played most of the game with his fin­ger taped and said he “couldn’t go up with two hands.”

Em­biid has strug­gled with in­juries ever since he was drafted with the No. 3 pick of the 2014. He missed his first two sea­sons with var­i­ous in­juries and hasn’t played more than 64 games in any of the last three. He’s av­er­ag­ing 23.4 points and 12.3 re­bounds in 31 games this sea­son.

Al Hor­ford, signed away from the Celtics in the off­sea­son with a four-year deal, started at cen­ter Thurs­day.

“All of a sud­den, we’re dif­fer­ent,” Brown said. “... I look at this as an op­por­tu­nity. No­body’s cry­ing. This is not a ‘woe is me’ mo­ment . ... We’ll take what we have, and what we have, I love.”

Beilein sorry for ‘thugs’ com­ment: Cava­liers coach John Beilein said Thurs­day he has apol­o­gized af­ter us­ing the word “thugs” dur­ing a film ses­sion with his play­ers the pre­vi­ous day.

ESPN re­ported that Beilein sug­gested dur­ing a Wed­nes­day film ses­sion his play­ers were no longer play­ing “like a bunch of thugs.” Beilein told ESPN he had meant to say “slugs” in ref­er­ence to the team’s ef­fort level.

Beilein re­peated that ex­pla­na­tion Thurs­day af­ter his team’s shootaroun­d in Detroit, hours be­fore the Cavs beat the Pistons 115-112 in over­time.

“I was say­ing: ‘We’re mak­ing a lot of mis­takes men­tally, and we de­serve bet­ter be­cause we’re re­ally play­ing hard right now. We’re not play­ing like slugs. We’re play­ing hard,’ ” Beilein said. “And some­how that word came out.”

The for­mer Michi­gan coach who’s in his first sea­son with the Cavs said he called the play­ers af­ter­ward to ex­plain and apol­o­gize.

Layups: Mav­er­icks F Kristaps Porzingis re­cently had a platelet-rich-plasma in­jec­tion as part of the treat­ment for the sore­ness in his right knee that has side­lined him since Dec. 31, ESPN re­ported . ... Nets G Kyrie Irv­ing prac­ticed fully for the first time since Nov. 14. He’s been out with a right shoul­der in­jury. Irv­ing said he hopes to re­turn to game ac­tion soon . ... Lak­ers F Le­Bron James passed Mav­er­icks F Luka Don­cic for the over­all and Western Con­fer­ence lead in fan vot­ing for next month’s All-Star Game in Chicago. Bucks F and reign­ing league MVP Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo was the ru­n­away leader in the East.

MATT SLOCUM/AP

76ers All-Star cen­ter Joel Em­biid suf­fered a torn lig­a­ment in his left hand Mon­day.

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