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Published on April 03, 2024
Embiid Returns to Propel 76ers' Playoff Hopes as Harper Slams Three Homers for PhilliesSource: Wikipedia/All-Pro Reels, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The City of Brotherly Love had more than one reason to cheer last night as Philly's basketball and baseball stars shined bright. Joel Embiid, the Sixers' towering center, returned to the hardwood after a knee surgery rehab, notching a solid 24 points to help his team top the Oklahoma City Thunder. Simultaneously, Bryce Harper hit three home runs for the Phillies, with a grand slam as the cherry on top.

Embiid's presence on the court after being out since January 30 was a sigh of relief for Sixers fans. The team's struggle was evident in his absence, as they skidded in the standings to the eighth spot in the East, per reports by CBS News. With their star center back in the mix, the 76ers have improved their chances of making the playoffs, now just one game behind the Miami Heat and two games back of the Indiana Pacers for the coveted sixth seed.

"He changes them significantly," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said in reverence of Embiid’s impact. "They play a lot different stylistically when he's in to where they have been lately in the last 30 games he's been out or so." Daigneault's comments were obtained by CBS News, highlighting Embiid’s influence on the Sixer’s playstyle. While Embiid hogged the limelight with his return, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Tobias Harris also contributed significantly to the Sixers' win with 25 and 18 points, respectively.

Still not at full strength, the Sixers were without Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, and Robert Covington in the clash against Thunder. The importance of a healthy squad was not lost on fans, as one commentator put it, "Philly sports back up," according to Bleacher Report. Embiid's performance not only showcased his dominance but also reinstated his role as a pivotal figure in the Sixers' quest for playoff glory.

As Philadelphia's sports stars align, the 76ers sit at a 27-8 record with Embiid in the lineup, a testament to his monumental role on the team. With the playoffs on the horizon, the Sixers are gunning for a spot, amped up by Embiid's return. The towering center's comeback, plus Harper's on-field heroics, made it quite the night for Philly fans. Reported by FOX29, Embiid was eagerly anticipated to hit the court on Tuesday, and he did not disappoint.