Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is starting contrary to the seeing Indiana Pacers on Sunday (3:30 p.m., ABC) after missing the previous eight games due to left knee soreness.

76ers coach Brett Brown said Embiid looked good going throughout his walk-through before the game, and also the team officially announced the All-Star center would be returning to the starting line up up around 15minutes before tip-off.

Embiid hasn’t played as the allstar Game, where he scored 10 points in 2-3 minutes.

The Sixers will be 4-4 at Embiid’s lack and also have lost two straight, including Friday’s 107-91 defeat at Houston.

Brown said on Wednesday the goal was to have Embiid healthy over time for the play offs.

“The main point is that we have come this way regarding rest after the allstar break — personally, I am at a point where in case it takes additional time, so be it,” Brown stated. “The endgame is obvious: It is trying to send him to the play offs healthy. I do appear every once in awhile and focus on this calendar. It’s much as you have a large amount of time.”

The Sixers enter Sunday one game behind the Pacers, who now sit in the Eastern Conference standings.


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