Joel Embiid Ramping Up As 76ers Clash With Magic

Joel Embiid wants to help the Philadelphia 76ers reach the playoffs despite his 29-game absence.

Philadelphia, seventh in the Eastern Conference and bound for the play-in, can secure the No. 6 seed against the Orlando Magic on Friday.

The 76ers (45-35) have won six straight to pull within a game of sixth-place Indiana and fifth-place Orlando in the East.

Philadelphia and Orlando would have identical records if they beat the Magic (46-34), with the Sixers having the tiebreaker due to their 3-0 season sweep.

The Pacers, 46-34, play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, but they hold the edge over Philadelphia after winning two of three games against them this season.

Even if Indiana loses, Philadelphia's best-case scenario is finishing sixth in the conference on Friday night.

Embiid has played four games since returning from left knee surgery, scoring 37 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in the Sixers' 120-102 win against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

The reigning NBA MVP played 29 minutes, 33 and 23 before scoring 36 against Detroit in his return.

Playing as many minutes as possible," Embiid stated of his last two games goal. Tuesday, over 30 minutes.