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Report: Joel Embiid to return for 76ers-Timberwolves on Saturday

76ers star Joel Embiid and Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Wolves 117-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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76ers Joel Embiid has arguably been the NBA’s best player when on the court this season.

“When on the court” being the key modifier.

Embiid has missed 16 of Philadelphia’s 47 games, including the last nine with a bone bruise in his knee. But – after the 76ers play the Cavaliers tomorrow – his absence is slated to end against the Timberwolves on Saturday.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Philadelphia’s championship hopes rest on Embiid being healthy. His injury history makes every setback especially scary. But returning roughly on schedule is reassuring. Embiid will have plenty of time to get back on track before the playoffs.

He might even have time to play himself back into the MVP race, though that’s an uphill battle now.

If nothing else, it’ll be intriguing to see Embiid face personal rival Karl-Anthony Towns on Saturday.