76ers All-Star C Embiid returns from sore left knee

  • 76ers All-Star C Embiid returns from sore left knee

76ers All-Star C Embiid returns from sore left knee

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid plans to face the visiting Indiana Pacers on Sunday after missing the past eight games due to left knee soreness, a Sixers source tells ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Embiid and the Sixers have dismissed any connection between his soreness and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star Game.

While Ben Simmons has stepped up in Embiid's absence, the team has struggled in the eight games without their franchise center. But his return comes at the ideal time against third-place IN as the race for playoff position comes down to the wire.

The Sixers have gone 4-4 without him but have lost their last two, a stunning one-point defeat to Chicago and a blowout to Houston. "But watching him move around in the gym yesterday, with Boban (Marjanović) fact, and watching him just go through some of things in the walk through an hour ago, it is my opinion he will play", 76ers coach Brett Brown said Sunday. I do look up from time to time and pay attention to the calendar.

Embiid scored 24 of of his 33 points on the second half on 7-for-11 shooting, marking his 24th game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, the most by any player this season.

Thanks to an excellent performance in the fourth quarter (34-19), the Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Indiana Pacers at home (106-89), in a crucial match for the third place in the East.