As reported by the Philadelphia 76ers PR, Michael Carter-Williams will not play tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Carter-Williams, known more commonly around the league as MCW, was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday. He spent three nights being treated for a skin infection on the front of his right knee.
This will be MCW’s fifth consecutive absence. He also missed four games earlier this season with an injury to his left foot.
MCW has been the Sixers bright light, something that a team that is tanking is not supposed to have.
It’s quite likely this is a precautionary move by the Sixers medical staff, as well as the front office — there’s no reason to rush MCW back into things this early in his career.
Carter-Williams is scoring 17 points, dishing out 7 assists and swiping 3 steals while averaging just under 40 minutes per game.
MCW is the only player in the NBA averaging more steals per game than Timberwolves starting point guard, Ricky Rubio.
While it’s disheartening to see the surprising rookie sensation sidelined so early in the season, he’s played better than everyone had anticipated — showing the ability to be a game-changing point guard in the NBA for many years to come; assuming he stays healthy.
There is no timetable for MCW’s return, but as Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown stated in USA today, his presence as a team leader remains important. Not only now, but in the future.
“Really — and it’s boring but it’s all I know — it’s day-to-day,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “You know what I know. He’ll travel with us. We’ll continue to monitor him. We will obviously err on the side of being smart and cautious with him, but he’s back with us. He’ll be on the bench tonight as my fifth assistant coach, and I’m happy to have him back.”
The Sixers and Wolves square off at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 7:00PM CST tonight.