The Philadelphia Sixers have gone 4-2 without Joel Embiid in the lineup since the All Star break, and will have to try to win again with out their all-star center tonight in Chicago.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said they hoped Embiid will join the team in Houston but did not say the would play in the game.

"I hope so," Brown told reporters before the game with the Magic on Tuesday Night. "But I’d be reckless to declare it official. I believe there’s a chance that he may meet us in Houston."

Embiid has missed the team’s last six games with a sore left knee. The 24-year-old hasn't appeared in a game, since he played in the NBA All-Star game, but indicated last week that he would be back on the floor sooner than later, stressing their is a bigger picture in mind.

"Right now its all about preserving," Embiid said on Saturday night before the Sixers faced the Golden State Warriors. "Its all about the playoffs"

When asked if he would play before the end of the season, Embiid laughed.

"Yes, I'll be back...next week."

The Sixers’ offense will certainly be grateful to have the player back who has been one of the most dominate players in the NBA, averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games.

Some good news for the team is they will get back center Jonah Bolden tonight.  He missed last nights game with a sinus infection.

After tonight, the Sixers are off til Friday and then host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Will Embiid be there?  We'll see.