The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping a bit of holiday magic will help fix Joel Embiid‘s back. The forward is dealing with a back injury, but the expectation is that he will be OK in time for the team’s Christmas Day showdown against the New York Knicks.

That does mean that Embiid is expected to miss a home-and-home against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday and Saturday, a big two-game stretch against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia is in a bit of a skid, though only a portion of that skid has occurred with Embiid on the shelf. He last played in a barnburner last Friday, a triple-overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at home.