Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid returns from knee injury

Joel Embiid
Mar 12, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after suffering an apparent leg injury against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid was cleared to return from a knee injury and play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Embiid missed the previous 10 games after suffering a bone bruise in his left knee against the Washington Wizards on March 12.

Embiid was injured when he fell awkwardly while dunking during the third quarter of a 127-101 victory.

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Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said prior to Saturday’s game that Embiid’s minutes would be monitored.

“It’s not really more minutes — it’s minutes in a row …” Rivers said. “I don’t expect him to play 35-40 minutes, but we’ll see.

“He looks great. He looks in great condition, so we’re all good.”

The 76ers went 7-3 without Embiid, a four-time All-Star.

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Embiid is averaging 29.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 31 games this season.

–Field Level Media