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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid back after nine-game COVID-19 absence

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Nov 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) plays against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) plays against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid was back in the lineup Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nine games due to COVID-19 protocols.

Embiid tested positive for the virus on Nov. 8 and the 76ers struggled in his absence by losing seven of the nine games.

Embiid is averaging 21.4 points and 9.6 rebounds in nine games this season.

The 27-year-old Embiid was runner-up for MVP honors last season when he averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in 51 games. Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic won the award.

–Field Level Media