76ers' Joel Embiid returns to lineup vs. Warriors

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid returned to the lineup for Tuesday night's game at Golden State.

He had been listed as questionable after missing the Sixers' past two games with a knee injury, sitting out losses to the Trail Blazers and Nuggets.

Embiid was a late scratch from Saturday's showdown with two-time MVP Nikola Jokic in Denver, which has prompted the league to investigate the circumstances of the team's injury reporting, multiple sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Embiid was not listed on any pregame injury reports leading into Saturday's game. Sources close to the situation told Shelburne that Embiid was determined to play in Denver for the first time since 2019 but was pulled from the game by the team's medical staff after it watched him warm up before the game. As one source put it, he "could barely jump" as he warmed up.

Embiid has missed 12 games on the season. If he misses five more, he would become ineligible for postseason NBA awards.

Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey also missed Monday night's game because of a sprained left ankle and was sidelined Tuesday against the Warriors.

On Golden State's side, Klay Thompson was a late scratch due to illness.

Information from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne was used in this report.

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