There could be a delay in Joel Embiid’s return

Joel Embiid’s return could come too late.

The Sixers’ Joel Embiid is getting closer to making a comeback from injury, according to a Monday report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The current MVP has missed the previous 29 games as a result of a surgically repaired meniscus tear. Before the playoffs, he has a few regular-season games to make up lost time.

Regretfully, the Sixers will probably not see Embiid play at his peak level during their impending postseason run. Being in top physical shape is different from being cleared to play.

For Embiid to return to the MVP-caliber play we seen from him prior to his injury, a sizable stretch of games will be necessary.

Embiid is shooting 36.6 percent from three-point range and 53.3 percent from the field in 34 games, averaging 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.

In addition, head coach Nick Nurse needs to figure out how to shield his best player from the physical nature of the postseason. As he defends the rim or goes after the paint, Embiid will surely take some hard hits and bumps.

Embiid will probably be acquired by the Sixers at a 50–60% clip. Before the first round ends, they hope he can produce at least 75% of what he usually does.

A healthy Embiid on the field is a must for Nurse’s team to hope for a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Regretfully, it is unlikely that we will witness a healthy version of the popular big man until the very beginning of the upcoming season.

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