Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will start in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Embiid was considered a solution during the game after receiving a small lateral rupture of the meniscus in his right knee.
He was injured when he fell during a loss to Game 4 of the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. He missed Philadelphia’s Serie 5 victory in Game 5.
Sixers said the injury would not be removed with surgery, but with a physical therapy and treatment program.
This season was the best in Embiid’s career in the NBA, as the 27-year-old averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds while shooting field records (51
Sixers are 42-13 with Embiid in the lineup and 11-11 without him.
Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter will not play in the opener due to a sore right knee.
This report uses information from the Associated Press.