PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers will have Joel Embiid return to the floor on Tuesday when they play host to the Chicago Bulls. The reigning league MVP missed the entirety of the 4-game road trip as the Sixers went 2-2 without him.
As Embiid makes his return from a right ankle sprain, one has to wonder if there is a minutes restriction on the big fella. After all, the Sixers want to deliver the healthiest version of Embiid to the playoffs when the games matter the most.
“No, not on Joel,” said coach Nick Nurse prior to the game. “There’s still a restriction on (Nic) Batum, but not on Joel.”
While Embiid appears to be at full throttle in his return to the floor, Batum will still need to work through some restrictions. He missed five games with a right hamstring strain and is preparing for his second game back from injury.
Tip-off between the Sixers and the Bulls is set for 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday.