the NBA the playoffs have unfortunately been marred by a good number of injuries so far.
The playoff injury bug has impacted some of the league’s biggest stars and title favorites, but there’s still time to regroup before the next round.
Here’s where all the injuries stand after Friday’s games.
Joel Embid, Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid is would have “experiencing pain and discomfort” in his right thumb, a potentially serious injury that may require further testing in the near future. The MVP candidate wore a soft wrist cast during the second half of the Sixers’ 104-101 Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors and reportedly wore it again in Friday practice.
However, he was not listed on the team’s official injury report and he is expected to play Game 4 on Saturday. Philadelphia is one game away from a sweep of Toronto.
Kyle Lowry, miami heat
Lowry’s status for the Heat’s crucial Game 4 deal at Atlanta is currently unknown after the veteran general suffered a left hamstring injury during the third quarter of Miami’s 111-110 loss to the Hawks on Friday. .
“I’m pissed,” Lowry said as he left State Farm Arena. He appeared to injure his leg after being tied up in a screen with Hawks small forward De’Andre Hunter, clumsily walking before losing his balance and his shoe in the process.
When asked if he would miss time due to illness, Lowry replied, “No, I’m Wolverine.” He plans to undergo treatment before Sunday’s game.
Kris Middleton, Milwaukee dollars
Middleton will miss the rest of the Bucks’ first-round series against the Chicago Bulls after spraining the MCL in Milwaukee’s 114-110 loss in Game 2. Middleton left the game early in the fourth quarter after slipping clumsily and fell on the hardwood. The Bucks had already lost Bobby Portis, who left the game at halftime after being shot in the eye in the first quarter.
Fortunately, Portis was able to adapt on Friday, scoring 18 points in the Bucks’ dominant 111-81 victory in Game 3. Bucks guard Grayson Allen led his team with 22 points off the bench. Middleton will be reevaluated in two weeks, the Bucks announced.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
The Suns will be without their best clutch shooter for at least a few playoff games after Booker suffered a Grade 1 right hamstring strain in the Suns’ 125-114 loss to the Suns. New Orleans Pelicans. He could miss 2-3 weeks and shouldn’t play in Game 3 or Game 4.
Booker fell in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game after getting off to a strong start, posting 31 points in the first half.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Dončić has been sidelined for Dallas’ entire first-round streak so far with a strained left calf, an injury he suffered in the third quarter of the Mavs’ regular season finale against the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavs dropped Game 1 at the Utah Jazz before coming back and winning Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.
On Friday, coach Jason Kidd said Dončić was “going in the right direction” when asked about his star player’s availability for Game 4.
Ben Simmons, brooklyn nets
Simmons, who the Nets traded for in late February, has been sidelined with a herniated disc since joining, but would be on track to play in Game 4 of Brooklyn’s first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. The Nets are in a 0-2 hole going into Game 3 after losing a 17-point lead in Game 2.
Robert WilliamsBoston Celtics
Boston’s star defensive center intends to return and play limited minutes in Game 3 of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against the Nets. Williams has been out since March 27 with a torn meniscus.
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