Joel Embiid Making Progress, Out Tuesday

12:48pm: Embiid has officially been listed as out for Tuesday’s game, tweets Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

9:07am: Sixers center Joel Embiid continues to make progress in his return from meniscus surgery and may be cleared to play Tuesday night against Oklahoma City, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Sources tell Charania that Embiid has been able to participate in numerous five-on-five scrimmages during the past week without any ill effects to his left knee. He and the team are still working to determine his return date, Charania adds.

If Embiid doesn’t play on Tuesday, he’s likely to be back at some point later this week, according to Charania’s sources. Philadelphia will travel to Miami on Thursday, Memphis on Saturday and San Antonio on Sunday.

The reigning MVP has been sidelined since January 30 when Jonathan Kuminga fell on his leg in a game at Golden State. He underwent surgery on February 6 and was given a one- to two-month prognosis to return.

Embiid was in the midst of another outstanding season, but there were concerns about his ability to reach the 65-game limit to qualify for postseason honors even before the latest injury. He was a late scratch for a January 27 game in Denver after trainers watched him in warmups and determined that knee soreness made it risky for him to play.

Embiid is averaging career-highs of 35.3 points and 5.7 assists through 34 games. He’s also contributing 11.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per night while shooting 53.3% from the field and 36.6% from three-point range.

A healthy Embiid would provide a huge lift for the Sixers, who have fallen into play-in territory without him in the lineup. With seven games remaining, Philadelphia is eighth in the East at 40-35, a game-and-a-half behind seventh-place Miami and two games away from sixth-place Indiana.

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