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Star centers set to return from health and safety protocols

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A pair of star big men, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic, will both be returning to the court soon after bouts with COVID-19.

Vucevic has been out since Nov. 10 and is set to return for the team’s game tonight against the Houston Rockets.

He missed the last seven games and the Bulls went 4-3 over that span.

The 31-year-old will play limited minutes tonight and the team will monitor how he feels, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.

Vucevic is averaging 13.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 34.2 minutes per game.

Embiid, meanwhile, has been out since Nov. 6 and there’s optimism that he could return on Nov. 27 to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he has been ramping up his conditioning this week, according to Shams Charania.

If the 27-year-old is unable to play then, he will likely make his return on Nov. 29 when the 76ers play the Orlando Magic.

Embiid has missed the last eight games and the 76ers went 2-6 over that span.

He is averaging 21.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per game in 30.9 minutes per game.

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