As losses pile up, the Sixers' spirits are not dwindling
The Sixers are 1-6 this season without starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams. (USA Today Images)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Carter-Williams made the Sixers' two-game road trip that stops in Minneapolis and Toronto, but you will see him in street clothes tonight when the Sixers take on the 10-11 Timberwolves.
Carter-Williams took part in a friendly three-point shooting game with teammates at the end of shootaround, but will miss his fourth straight game with a sore right knee.
This is the second time this season MCW has missed a stretch of four straight games. Given that Carter-Williams plays point guard his absence is more challenging for Brett Brown then another position; the point guard is an extension of the coach in ideal situations.
"There is good and bad," Brown said. "The good is Tony [Wroten] has the ball and he is 20 years old. That is a heck of an opportunity but it is difficult from a coaching perspective to have that level of leadership and understanding of what the game calls for when it is a piecemeal position. Obviously we would rather have Michael but it is really an opportunity for Tony Wroten."
Wroten will make his eighth start of the season. Over the last three games he is averaging 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
His counterpart will be Ricky Rubio, who runs the Timberwolves' show with his pass-first mentality. Rubio averages 8.7 points and 8.4 assists.
"[Rubio] is a great passer and he runs the team well," Wroten said. "It is going to be a great matchup tonight. A big reason to us winning tonight is corralling him."