76ers star expected to make return from knee injury

Sixers center Joel Embiid is expected to return against the Thunder on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.

Embiid will be making his first appearance since Jan. 30 after undergoing knee surgery.

He was originally ruled out for Tuesday’s game but was upgraded to questionable earlier today. Embiid has been able to participate in numerous five-on-five scrimmages during the past week without any ill effects to his left knee.

The reigning MVP has been sidelined since January 30 when Jonathan Kuminga fell on his leg in a game at Golden State. He underwent surgery on February 6 and was given a one- to two-month prognosis to return.

Prior to the injury, Embiid was posting big stats across the board — 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals. His return, barring a setback, gives Philadelphia renewed hope for a postseason run.

Without him, the Sixers have slipped to eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 2 1/2 games behind Indiana for the sixth spot, which would allow the Sixers to avoid the play-in tournament.

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