Report: 76ers hold 'optimism' that star Joel Embiid will return Saturday vs. Timberwolves

Few teams in the NBA have been bitten by the bug of notable player absences this season like the Philadelphia 76ers. All five members of their starting lineup from June’s stunning Game 7 Eastern Conference Semifinals loss to the Atlanta Hawks are still members of the franchise, but each part of their “Big 3” of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris have missed significant time.

In Simmons’ case, he hasn’t even stepped foot on the court for a single game and appears miles away from doing so, while Harris has been limited to appearing in just 11 of the team’s first 18 games due to injury and testing positive for COVID-19. Embiid has been sidelined for nearly the entire month after testing positive for COVID-19 in early November, but appears close to returning to the lineup.


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