Nick Nurse gives encouraging injury update on Sixers star Joel Embiid

The last time Joel Embiid took the floor for the Philadelphia 76ers was on Jan. 30 against the Golden State Warriors. That night, Embiid took a fall from Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga and he underwent a procedure on Feb. 6 to repair a meniscus issue in his left knee.

The big fella hasn’t played in a game since and the Sixers have had to find ways to stay afloat in his absence. Thanks to the All-Star play of Tyrese Maxey and the strong coaching adjustments made by Nick Nurse, Philadelphia has done just that as it awaits the return of Embiid.

Before their matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Nurse gave an encouraging update on Embiid as he told reporters:

We had a non-contact practice so he was able to go through that. We have always said that we hope he’s going to get back to play. He is on the court. I’m not—I don’t want to say daily—but almost every day now where he’s on the court doing basketball things. All the checkups have been positive and we’re just trying to—he’s kind of in the ramp-up phase now. What can he handle and when can he start having contact and when can he start playing one-on-one and when can he start playing five-on-five? When can he go through a practice with contact and then we’ll be really close.

If the Sixers can have Embiid return before the playoffs, then they will have a strong chance to make a deep run into the postseason. Of course, a lot will depend on how looks when he returns from such a long layoff, but if he’s anywhere near the player he was before the injury, then Philadelphia will be in a great position.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire