Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams has an injured right shin and a sprained left ankle, both of which he suffered in the team’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Saturday. It resulted in him sitting out almost the entire second half of Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
You could tell early against the Cavs that something was not right with MCW. After 20 minutes he had only scored two points in addition to four rebounds and five assists. It was then that head coach Brett Brown has seen enough and sat MCW for the rest of the game. In his place Larry Drew II took the floor and did his best to help rally the Sixers, who were down by as many as 20 points, but it wasn’t enough and the Sixers lost 97-84.
To his credit, Carter-Williams wanted to tough it out and not use the injury as an excuse not to play, telling Dei Lynam of CSN Philly.com
“I tried to play through it because I know no one is 100percent healthy in this league. A lot about this league is playing through injury. Coach and I decided I should go out there and give it a shot and try to tough it out.”
Brown seemed to feel the same way, saying after the game
(video via CSN Philly.com)
Say what you want about MCW, you can never question his toughness or determination as a player. He regularly plays hurt or sick and still tries to give his all on the court, even when he knows a win isn’t likely to happen. It’s part of what has endeared this Sixers team to the fans and why everyone is so hopeful about the future.
There is no word yet if Carter-Williams will play Tuesday against the visiting Denver Nuggets.