76ers Blog: Carter-Williams 'Day-to-Day' with Knee Injury
12/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
*** UPDATE ***
~ The 76ers announced shortly before 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, December 5th that Michael Carter-Williams did not fly with the team to Charlotte. Instead making the trip, Carter-Williams will stay behind in the Philadelphia area in order to proceed with ongoing treatment for his sore right knee. Carter-Williams had originally hoped to accompany the Sixers on their visit to the Bobcats, regardless of whether or not he could ultimately play in Friday's game.
'We're going to be smart with him' ~ Brett Brown
76ers head coach Brett Brown gave his group off on Wednesday, one day after a determined 126-125 double-overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams starred in that marathon game, delivering the first triple-double of his career, with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists; however, he also hurt his right knee towards the end of the night.
Brown recalled what he saw after examining Carter-Williams’ injury. The description didn’t sound pretty.
“During the overtime, when [Carter-Williams] took of his knee brace, I look down and...it’s maroon, it’s swollen. If you put your hand on it, it was warm because of the swelling. Maybe he had an infection,” said Brown. “We’re going to be smart with him.”
Aside from receiving treatment from the Sixers’ training staff, Carter-Williams did not take part in Thursday’s workout. He indicated the swelling and pain in his right has subsided since Tuesday, but admitted he hasn’t tried running yet. The Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month classified himself as “day-to-day.”
“I was never hurt, never missed a game in college,” Carter-Williams said. “It’s definitely a little different. I’m just trying to be patient, and take one day at a time.”
Carter-Williams had to miss four games in the middle of November due to a left foot problem. His head coach discussed the balance that players walk between trying to get on the floor, and making intelligent decisions about their health.
“It’s out there,” said Brett Brown. “The importance of playing through pain, the importance of getting a reputation with your teammates that there is a toughness and resilience that you get through things, and then it falls into it’s just not smart. It’s always a fine line.”
Carter-Williams planned to travel with the Sixers to Charlotte, where they face the Bobcats on Friday at 7:00 PM EST.