NBA Hoops

Joel Embiid did not participate in 76ers shootaround, Tyrese Maxey did

Joel Embiid did not participate in 76ers shootaround, Tyrese Maxey did

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are preparing to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night back at home as they look to pick off more wins down the stretch in the season.

The hope is that Joel Embiid can return sooner rather than later, and there was hope that he could return against the Thunder, but he is currently listed as out. Therefore, he did not participate in shootaround on Tuesday morning.

Of course, his status can change leading up to the 7:30 p.m. EDT tip off time with the Thunder, but for the moment, Embiid is out as he continues to recover from his left knee meniscus procedure.

However, the Sixers have been able to begin re-integrating Embiid into their sets on the floor and have begun to have the new guys get acquainted with him.

“Man, with him being out there, there’s gonna be a lot of open shots,” smiled Cam Payne at shootaround. “That’s what I know. I know they’re gonna be sending a lot of doubles at him, so there’s a lot of opportunity out there, and even defensively, having that big body in there is a lot different.”

The Sixers are 14-27 on the season when Embiid doesn’t play. They need their superstar leader back on the floor and it appears that his return is coming soon.

“Having him in there is huge, but I mean, playing with him in pick up has been fun,” Payne added. “He’s gonna get a hit and you can hit him in the pocket. It’s like having another point guard out there and that’s huge to have out there.”

As for Tyrese Maxey, he did participate in shootaround on Tuesday morning. He missed Sunday’s win over the Toronto Raptors with left hip tightness and he is still listed as questionable for this contest with the Thunder.

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at Sixers Wire…