By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As if Joel Embiid starting wasn’t enough to get the Philly crowd pumped up, WWE star Triple H rang the bell before Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Embiid led Triple H to the court while wearing DX “Thrust The Process” T-shirts.

The crowd went wild.

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The connection between the two came during the Sixers-Wizards series when Embiid was laying on the court thrusting into the air.

Following the game, he tweeted the picture with the caption, “If you’re not down with the process, I got two words for ya **** **.”

Triple H quoted the tweet with “#AreYouReady” and “#TrustTheProcess” hashtags.

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Joel Embiid is playing Sunday afternoon after being listed as a game-time decision due to a game-time decision due to a cartilage tear in his right knee.

He was welcomed with cheers as he walked onto the court to shoot around prior to the game.

The 27-year-old Embiid averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. He scored a postseason career-high 36 points in 28 minutes in a 29-point win for the Sixers in Game 3 over Washington.

Embiid took a hard fall in Game 4 on Monday. He winced and put his hand on his lower right back and missed the series clincher two days later. He’s been treated with physical therapy.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.