Joel Embiid’s Return: Sixers’ Playoff Push Bolstered by Star Center’s Comeback

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The Philadelphia 76ers anticipate a huge boost when center Joel Embiid gets closer to playing again after a left knee injury.

Embiid’s return could not have come at a more critical moment for the Sixers, who are now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 40-35, with just seven games left in the regular season.

Philadelphia intends to move up into the top six despite earning a spot in the play-in tournament in order to skip the crucial play-in games and guarantee a best-of-seven series.

The Sixers are close to the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for a better slot, holding a commanding 11-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets, who are in danger of going out, and a significant lead over other postseason contenders like the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls.

Philadelphia is going into a critical run of games, playing both teams who are already eliminated from the playoffs and teams that are facing strong opponents, with Joel Embiid’s return quickly approaching. 

Joel Embiid’s Return Boosts Sixers’ Hopes

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The Philadelphia 76ers anticipate a huge boost when center Joel Embiid gets closer to playing again after a left knee injury.

The Sixers’ strength of schedule could work in their favor, particularly with key matchups against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat looming large.

As the Sixers aim to capitalize on Embiid’s presence on the court, they are mindful of managing his workload effectively, especially with only one remaining back-to-back set on the schedule. 

Philadelphia has a considerably better record when Embiid is on the court than when he is injured, thus it is tough to overstate his impact on the team’s performance this season. Joel Embiid’s return right before the regular season is about to end gives the Philadelphia 76ers more optimism about making the playoffs.

The Sixers are raring to go as they look to capitalize on Joel Embiid’s reputation as one of the league’s most dominant players by pushing hard for a higher seed and a lengthy postseason run now that their star center is back in action.

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