76ers Joel Embiid could return against Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid could be back on the court this Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“Sources: There’s optimism 76ers star Joel Embiid will return on Saturday vs. Minnesota following a three-week absence due to COVID-19. Embiid has been ramping up this week. If unable on Saturday, second game of home stand (Monday vs. Orlando) is possible,” Charania wrote on Twitter.
Embiid tested positive for COVID-19 on November 8, and has been sidelined for eight games due to quarantine protocol.
“He passed one of the tests,” said Sixers coach Doc Rivers on Monday, ahead of the matchup against the Sacramento Kings. “I think he has another big one today. Then after that, we have to decide what we want to do.”
The 7-foot center was not included in the Sixers 102-94 win against the Kings. He will be able to practice again at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey.
If the 27-year-old is not cleared on Saturday for the Timberwolves game, The Athletic added that the next game on Monday, November 29, against the Magic could be the next opportunity for Embiid to return.
Saturday’s game against Minnesota is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET.
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