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Shams Report: Joel Embiid hopeful to return on Wednesday

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Positive injury news for the Sixers? Well, I never.

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Sixers fans had a fun time watching the team take down the Sacramento Kings last night for Philadelphia’s first road win since January. Why not keep the positive vibes flowing?

In Shams Charania’s Inside Pass column today for The Athletic, he reports something of note for Philadelphia:

76ers star Joel Embiid is hopeful to return on Wednesday against Detroit, sources said. Embiid has been sidelined since suffering a sprained left shoulder on Feb. 26.

Embiid exited that February 26th game against Cleveland after just eight minutes of playing time. The Sixers would go on to lose that game, and have gone 2-2 in their subsequent four games. They play tomorrow night against Steph Curry and the Warriors to conclude their four-game California road trip, before heading home for Wednesday’s game against the Pistons.

Obviously, the Sixers would always love to have Joel Embiid available, but his return would be particularly welcome at this point of the season with Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson also sidelined. Joel was coming off a career-high 49 points two nights before suffering the shoulder injury, and the Sixers will need him over the last month of the regular season if they have aspirations of regaining the fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first round. Hopefully, this isn’t another case of the team allowing a player to rush back from injury, and Embiid is 100 percent when he retakes the floor, be it Wednesday night or a later date.