Joel Embiid returned to the 76ers' starting lineup Saturday night for the first time since mid-March, and the timing couldn't have been much better. The four-time All-Star, who had been recovering from a knee injury, was able to play against his old buddy Karl-Anthony Towns.
Buddy? No, that doesn't seem right. Maybe it would be more accurate to describe the Timberwolves center as Embiid's basketball nemesis.
A quick refresher: Back in October 2019, Embiid and Towns were ejected from a game following a brawl that saw the big men exchanging blows as they tumbled to the ground. They then traded harsh verbal jabs on social media, and each player earned a two-game suspension for their roles in the "on-court altercation" and for their "continued escalation" online.
Does that mean Embiid and Towns really hate each other? No, probably not, but it does make their matchups intense and entertaining to watch.