Celestand: Sixers miss MCW's leadership
Rookie Michael Carter-Williams has missed seven straight games as he recovers from a skin infection on his knee. (AP)
NEW YORK — Rookie Michael Carter-Williams will sit out for a seventh straight game on Monday night as he continues to recover from a skin infection on his knee.
Carter-Williams last played on Dec. 3 and the Sixers are 0-6 without their starting point guard. The rookie missed four games in November with a bruised arch of his foot and the Sixers went 1-3 during that stretch.
Prior to Monday’s game at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets, Sixers coach Brett Brown said Carter-Williams likely would not return to action until he first practices.
“Nothing is promised, but that seems like the direction it’s headed,” Brown said. “We’re looking forward to [bringing] him back into the mix real soon, it seems.”
A seven-game absence seems a bit long for a skin infection. However, Brown said there is nothing nefarious or concerning about Carter-Williams’ time on the self. Some would suggest that the Sixers, at 7-18, are willing to hold out the rookie point guard in attempt to tank games for next summer’s draft.
Nothing could be further from the truth, says Brown.
“That really is it,” Brown said. “There is no conspiracy theory or something sinister going on. It really is what it is. It is a long time, but that’s how it’s played out.”
Even with Carter-Williams in the lineup, the Sixers are just 6-9.
The Nets will be down a key piece on Monday night, too. Center Brook Lopez, the Nets’ leading scorer, will miss his ninth game of the season.