Brown on MCW: 'Nothing to get too overly concerned with'
The Sixers announced Saturday night that Michael Carter-Williams is day to day with right knee soreness caused by a skin infection on the front of his right knee. (AP)
Updated: 6:35 p.m.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams will spend a third straight night at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital as he recovers from an infection on his knee.
Carter-Williams will miss his second straight game on Saturday after skipping the team’s trip to Charlotte on Friday. Rather than travel with the team, Carter-Williams was admitted to the hospital as a precaution, according to coach Brett Brown.
“It's being monitored closely, but nothing to get too overly concerned with,” Brown said prior to Saturday night's game against the Nuggets.
Carter-Williams last appeared in a game on Tuesday, when he registered his first career triple-double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in 47 minutes during the Sixers’ double-overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. However, Carter-Williams was seen limping slightly during the game, and after the game he admitted he was experiencing a lot of pain in his knee.
Initially it was believed that the knee soreness came when Carter-Williams bumped knees with another player in Sunday’s loss in Detroit. The Sixers announced on Saturday that the knee soreness is a result of the infection.
“It’s just one of those things,” Brown said. “When you looked at it during [Tuesday’s overtime game], you realized there was something going on a little more than a sore knee. But at this stage he’s in good hands and how long [Carter-Williams will remain in the hospital], I don’t know.”
The Sixers say Carter-Williams remains listed as day to day, though it seems unlikely that he will be ready to play on Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers announced that team physician, Dr. Brian Sennett, and infectious disease specialist, Dr. Neil Fishman, of the University of Pennsylvania, are treating Carter-Williams.
“We’re taking it day to day,” Brown said. “There is no timeline.”
Tony Wroten will make his second straight start in place of Carter-Williams on Saturday night.
Young to start
Veteran forward Thaddeus Young is in Saturday’s starting lineup, despite a sore glute muscle. Young came out of Friday’s game in Charlotte because of the soreness, but finished the game.
“Thad is sore, but will play,” Brown said.