Sixers coach Doc Rivers provides update on Joel Embiid, says he’s close

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of a tough stretch of their schedule where they are playing 10 out of 12 games on the road and they have not had their MVP candidate, Joel Embiid, since March 12. The big fella went down with a bone bruise in his knee that night, but the Sixers have been 6-2 since he’s been out.

Obviously, the Sixers are anxious to have their best player back out on the floor with them as soon as possible. Friday would mark three weeks since his injury and there is hope that he can return for their weekend home games, but there is no guarantee.

The Sixers did say that Embiid was able to get back out on the floor for on-court activities, however, and that is a good sign.

“Whenever Joel comes back, we’re going to go back to our normal rotation, but I have no idea,” said coach Doc Rivers. “He’s close. I can tell you that. He’s working every day, I get reports back daily, and he looks good. He’s doing well.”

The Sixers will most certainly take their time with Embiid when it comes to his recovery. Philadelphia will want to make sure that he is completely healthy rather than just kind of healthy. They want him back for good in order to come together for the stretch run of the season.

“He has to clear certain medical steps,” Rivers added. “I don’t even know what those are, but he has to. Then the other thought with us, and the way I’ve always tried to do it, if you can come back and just keep playing, then you’re healthy, but if you can come back and play one game or two games and then have to sit, then you’re not ready yet. If you know what I’m saying. We want to make sure when Joel comes back, he’s back. Not in and out and I think that’s very important.”

The Sixers will continue their current road trip against the Denver Nuggets at 9 p.m. EST.

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