“Joel Embiid’s Return Shakes Up Eastern Conference Playoffs”

Joel Embiid, returned to the court Tuesday night and helped his team, the Philadelphia 76ers, win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After being off the court for two months, Embiid contributed 24 points in 29 minutes, making the upcoming Eastern Conference Playoffs more exciting.

The Boston Celtics have already secured the top seed, and the Milwaukee Bucks have a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second seed. Usually, these three teams would have a favorable match in the playoffs’ first round. But with Embiid’s return, any of them could have a tough time playing against Philadelphia’s team, which is now surging featuring the reigning MVP.

Embiid looked healthy, but a little tired in his return. He has six games to play to get into shape before the playoffs. Four of the games are with teams already set for the lottery. It will be tough for the 76ers to get to the No. 6 seed, but it does not matter since they are likely to be a tough match for their opponent in the first round of the playoffs, no matter their rank.

Last year, the Sixers had a 3-2 lead over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. While the Bucks have improved defensively under Doc Rivers, they have lost three of their last four games, including a game to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. And despite the Cavaliers’ good performance for the second straight year, few people believe in them after their first-round loss to the New York Knicks last season.

If any of those teams have to deal with Embiid, who knows what will happen? Embiid has the potential to be the best player in almost any series, and nobody will try harder. It may not be enough to get the 76ers to a championship or even the NBA Finals this year, but anything can happen in a seven-game series. This makes the Sixers, the Eastern Conference, and the NBA more interesting and fun for everyone, except perhaps the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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