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What Joel Embiid's injury means for the East playoff race

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Woj: Embiid, 76ers elect for him to have surgery (0:44)

Adrian Wojnarowski reveals that the 76ers and Joel Embiid have announced that Embiid will have surgery on the torn ligament in his left hand and details a possible timetable for his return. (0:44)

Will Joel Embiid's injury hamper the Philadelphia 76ers' pursuit of home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs?

Philadelphia's All-Star center will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in the ring finger in his left hand and will be reevaluated in 1-2 weeks, suggesting he'll miss at least the Sixers' next four games and potentially more than that.

Currently fifth in the East at 24-14, a game behind the Toronto Raptors for the fourth seed that ensures home court in the first round -- and a game ahead of the Indiana Pacers for sixth -- Philadelphia has gone 3-4 in the seven games Embiid has missed so far this season.

So how much ground might Embiid's absence cost them in the East standings? Let's take a look.