By Art Beitchman
76ers center Joel Hans Embiid has been injury-plagued during his first five years as the team’s centerpiece.
He’s having a career year in 2020-21, and is arguably the MVP of the league to this point, but last week that almost all came tumbling down.
After going to the basket with a hellacious dunk he came down awkwardly on his left leg, which bent backwards, as awful a sight for any basketball player to endure.
But for the first time ever the basketball gods smiled on the 27-year-old. After an MRI it was ruled a bone bruise with a 2-3 week rehab ahead, or as teammate Tobias Harris alerted everyone the next day–Prayers answered!
Yes, the 76ers are having a fantastic season on top of the Eastern Conference since Day 1 on the sheer will and skill of their talented big man.
The team is good without Embiid, and with him they have a legit chance of lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy next June should he return with that same MVP game.
The next stretch of games are tough without Embiid, but if they can stay within striking distance after his return the possibility of retaining that No. 1 seed are good — they currently have the best home record in the league — 18-3 — so getting that top spot is huge in getting to the NBA Finals and winning it.
But all of that still hinges on Joel Embiid coming back with the MVP swagger, so far, so good.