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Sixers’ Joel Embiid expect to return from knee injury this week

Sixers’ Joel Embiid expect to return from knee injury this week

After missing the last 28 games with a knee injury, Philadelphia 76ers superstar center is nearing a return and is expected to play this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA’s reigning MVP has been out since January 30 with a meniscus injury in his left knee that he suffered in the Sixers’ game against the Golden State Warriors.

According to Wojnarowski, his status for Philadelphia’s home game on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder is expected to be revealed later today.

A workout video surfaced of Embiid practicing with the Sixers in their five-on-five scrimmages, and he is looking healthy as ever.

Without Embiid, Philadelphia has a record of 14-27, which is considerably worse than their record of 26-8 when he is present and playing. This goes to show the impact that Embiid has on the team's success, as they are one of the top teams in the league when he is around. 

Before the injury, Embiid had been utterly dominant this season, averaging an incredible 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in 34 games played. He scored a career-best 70 points vs the San Antonio Spurs and was supposedly the leading MVP candidate after three months of play. However, Embiid would be disqualified for winning such honors again this season as he will fail to reach the 65-game quota required for players to qualify for these awards.

Instead, Embiid will turn his attention to leading Philadelphia to the playoffs and hopefully out of the play-in tournament range. As of this writing, the Sixers are ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference with a 40-35 record, which is two games behind the Indiana Pacers for the East’s sixth spot.

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