Michael Carter-Williams said
he will play Monday night, when the 76ers host the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Carter-Williams appeared to
take an elbow to the head Saturday at Portland, either by teammate Thaddeus
Young or the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge, as the two bigs contended for a
rebound on the game’s final play. Carter-Williams stumbled to the floor,
grabbing at his head and lying face down on the hardwood for a few minutes
before walking off under his own power.
“I got hit pretty hard in the
head, but I’m fine,” Carter-Williams said, following the Sixers’ morning
shootaround. “It was tough right then and there. But I’m OK. I’m good.”
The Sixers beat the Blazers,
101-99, stunning the NBA’s top team to win their fourth in a row and cap the
five-game, West Coast portion of their roadtrip.
Carter-Williams said he went
through concussion testing after taking the hit. He added that, “after the 10,
15 minutes, it was OK,” and he said he has not experienced any headaches.
“My head is OK. I’m going to
be out there, just playing,” he said. “I went through practice today. I’m fine.”
is a good sign for the Sixers (12-21), who bring a season-best, four-game
winning streak into their meeting with Minnesota. Without Carter-Williams on
the floor, the Sixers are 1-10. With him, they’re 11-11. The 22-year-old Carter-Williams
has emerged as a viable NBA Rookie of the Year candidate, while averaging 17.2
points, 7.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 22 games for the Sixers.
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