Michael Carter-Williams OUT for Sixers-Wolves

Dec 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is defended by Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) and forward Glen Davis (11) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Magic 126-125 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Dec 1, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is defended by Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (7) in the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Michael Carter-Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers

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