Joel Embiid to Return from Knee Injury for 76ers vs. Hawks, Game 1

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers’ star, will start Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Philadelphia had a lot of fears when joel embiid injury suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the right knee during the first round against Washington Wizards. Embiid’s condition became more serious as the Sixers won the series in five games.

He will be back after only missing one game. However, the injury could limit his ability to continue.

Despite missing 21 games in the regular season, the 27-year old is a MVP finalist. This speaks to his ability to play on the court and how good he was. He averaged 28.5 point, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. He shot 51.3 percent from the floor, and 37.7 from beyond the arc.

The Sixers seemed to be on the verge of winning a championship, especially since Sam Hinkie ripped down the roster to lay a foundation.

The injury to Embiid could have a negative impact on those title hopes. It could also mean Philadelphia has a second consecutive postseason without its top player after Ben Simmons was out for a sweep at the hands the Boston Celtics in 2020.

Instead, the center’s return could give the 76ers an important boost going into the key series.

This was something we could have predicted. Davis drew 14,129 to the same venue on Dec. 28, 2019 for a less appealing match with Yuriorkis Gamoa. A mile further down, there was the Peach Bowl. This is where LSU and Oklahoma met to a record 78,347. One could have taken in both attractions, as the Davis-Gamboa fight was already over. However, the football game overlapped with the Undercard and it is doubtful that many people saw both.

Philadelphia is a legitimate contender for the NBA title with a fully-healthy Embiid. He was a MVP candidate and led the Sixers in scoring (28.5 per game) as well as rebounding (10.6) during regular season.

 

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