The injury bug seems to be hitting the NBA right now and the target is young players on the rise. After losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for 4-6 weeks to a broken hand this week, the Charlotte Bobcats are welcoming in the Philadelphia 76ers who will likely be playing Friday without the help of star rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams.
It seems being named Michael and having two last names is a curse at the moment.
But fans in Philly aren’t laughing right now with news that Carter-Williams didn’t even travel with the team to Charlotte for Friday’s game, which pretty much rules him out of action. The cause of the concern stems from soreness Carter-Williams is still feeling in his knee after he collided with a player in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Despite the injury though, Carter-Williams still recorded a triple-double against the Orlando Magic
The long terms damage isn’t expected to be too serious but the Sixers aren’t about to chance it with their young star int he making. CSN Philly quoted head coach Brett Brown as saying he was surprised with how swollen Carter-Williams’ knee is and advised him to be cautious about the injury.
“Michael is all-in, he is good to go, but he has been advised that we have to be really cautious,” Brown said. “He understands that, and so do I. It surprised me when he took off the knee brace in the overtime and I looked down and saw his knee. It is maroon. It is swollen, and if you put your hand on it, it was warm because of the swelling.”
By not traveling with the team, Carter-Williams will likely be shut down for the weekend but the Sixers and their fans are hoping that their young star doesn’t join the list of young stars who are currently out long term with serious injuries.