After missing the past eight games due to left knee soreness, the center is expected to play against IN, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.More news: Jefferson County reporting first case of measles
While Ben Simmons has stepped up in Embiid's absence, the team has struggled in the eight games without their franchise center.
Embiid hasn't played since the All-Star Game, where he scored 10 points in 23 minutes. But his return comes at the flawless time against third-place IN as the race for playoff position comes down to the wire.More news: Seahawks add Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers on 4-year deal
Despite his slow start, his impact on the defensive end was immediately noticable, and in the third quarter. the 76ers turned the game on its head, erasing a 14-point deficit as they held the Pacers to just 11 points.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Wednesday the goal was to have Embiid healthy in time for the playoffs. "The endgame is obvious: It is trying to deliver him to the playoffs healthy. It's not like you have an abundance of time".More news: Duke Basketball: Marques Bolden ruled out for the ACC Tournament
Maybe next year if Embiid finds himself in a similar situation in regards to playing in the All-Star Game, the Sixers will think twice about having him play since the contest is simply entertainment, and this year is the ideal example of how annoying the aftermath can be.