Early in the day on Monday, Dei Lynam of CSN Philadelphia reported (in a very normal way, mind you) that Michael Carter-Williams was a “game time decision” for Philly’s game with the Brooklyn Nets as a result of a sore right shoulder.
MCW was not at shoot around. He has sore right shoulder. Game time decision. He went home for personal reasons. #SixersTalk
— Dei Lynam (@dlynamCSN) February 3, 2014
However, that news has been updated (by Lynam herself) to include the significant caveat of the actual reasoning behind Carter-Williams’ issues with getting on the floor.
He may not make it to the arena.
MCW was reportedly given team permission to travel home to Boston for personal reasons, but he was expected to rejoin the team in Brooklyn well before tip-off and possibly play depending on the state of his shoulder. However, weather concerns with snow in the northeast may keep him from getting there in time, and that has become the single largest story line of the night for either team.
Philadelphia is 1-11 on the season when Carter-Williams doesn’t play (yikes), and while he probably isn’t their best player as long as Thaddeus Young remaining in a 76ers uniform, the rookie point guard is a difference maker on a team that has very few. Without him, it’ll be very tough for Philly to be competitive, especially in a road game, and all eyes will be on MCW’s travel plans for the remainder of the afternoon.