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zach bacharContributor IMarch 19, 2024

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Philadelphia 76ers super star Joel Embiid went back to practice on Sunday, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer

Embiid hasn’t appeared in a video game because Jan. 30 due to a left knee injury, which has actually triggered the 76ers to drop to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference ahead of Monday night’s action.

Pompey kept in mind that the group is “enthusiastic” that the ruling MVP can return in the very first or 2nd week of April, which would offer him a long time to get comfy on the flooring ahead of the postseason.

The 76ers had the ability to broaden their practice with Embiid readily available, according to point guard Cameron Payne.

“We had some more plays today [because] we had Joel back,” Payne stated, by means of Pompey. “So we had some various plays and I needed to discover a bit more, once again.”

While 76ers head coach Nick Nurse exposed that the seven-time All-Star didn’t take part in the whole practice, it’s still a favorable indication that Embiid had the ability to make development in his healing. Nurse did not divulge a possible schedule relating to the center’s return.

“He went through a bit of the practice,” stated Nurse. “All non-contact things. He’s raising weights today. No timeline for his return.”

Prior to the injury, Embiid was on rate for an extraordinary routine season that likely would have led to a number of MVP votes if he had the ability to fulfill the 65-game limit. In 34 starts, he tape-recorded 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 helps per video game on 53.3/ 36.6/ 88.3 shooting divides.

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The 76ers have actually struggled in his lack, specifically in the paint. Before Embiid’s injury was revealed, Philadelphia ranked No. 6 amongst all groups in shots tried in the limited location per video game (through NBA.com). Given that he’s been out, the 76ers rank No. 15 in limited location efforts and have actually been required to opt for more long-range appearances.

While Embiid’s specific return date is presently unidentified, it’s a great indication that he’s able to start practicing once again.

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