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Joel Embiid cleared for non-contact drills, expected to miss another week

Sixers C is working his way back from torn ligaments in his finger that required surgery.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid reacts after falling on his injured hand during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid has been cleared for non-contact drills at practice but isn’t expected to return quite yet.

While Embiid is doing fine, he’ll likely be held out another week, which was in line with his original timeline of 1-2 weeks after tearing ligaments in his finger that required surgery. Embiid dislocated his finger on Jan. 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and returned to the game. He has missed the past four games for the Sixers, who had lost two straight before defeating the Nets on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Basketball analysis: Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid

With Embiid out another week, we should see Ben Simmons strong play continue. In the past four games sans Embiid, Simmons is averaging 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while shooting 58.9 percent from the field. We should also see Matisse Thybulle get more minutes in the frontcourt. The rookie has played extremely well on defense and is averaging 23.3 minutes per game in Embiid’s absence.