The Sixers were smacked by the Brooklyn Nets Monday night, suffering a gruesome death by three-pointers for the second-straight game.
The Sixers were without star rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams for the seventh-straight game, over which time Brett Brown’s club is winless. The Sixers are 1-10 minus MCW this year.
Carter-Williams is still recovering from a skin infection on his knee that has pushed Tony Wroten into the starting lineup and allowed for Lorenzo Brown to see extended minutes off the bench. But Brown said before the game that MCW might be back sometime soon.
"Nothing is promised, but that seems like the direction it’s headed," Brown told CSN Philly before the loss. "We’re looking forward to [bringing] him back into the mix real soon, it seems."
The Sixers’ other 2013 first round draft pick, Nerlens Noel, continues to rehab from his torn ACL he sustained against the University of Florida back on February 12. Noel has been working rigorously with the Sixers training and coaching staff and has reportedly been working very closely with Brown on breaking down and rebuilding his jump shot.
Further, The former Kentucky Wildcat went on Sirius XM NBA Monday afternoon and said some encouraging things about his status for the rest of the season.
"That hasn’t been really set," Noel said on whether he’s been shut down for the entire season. "We’re just definitely taking our time with it, being very cautious with things and definitely worried about my health. But in regards to the whole season, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet with my doctors and come to a conclusion on that."
So can the injured center play for the Sixers this season?
"It’s a possibility," Noel said.
Lastly, Sixers sophomore forward Arnett Moultrie has yet to see action in his second professional season after undergoing ankle surgery. The big man journeyed north with the team to Brooklyn and is reportedly coming along in the rehab process.
Injured #Sixers PF Arnett Moultrie made the trip to Brooklyn. He just finished working out and could return next month.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 16, 2013
With the Sixers returning home on Friday to face the Nets once again before venturing off on a six-game road trip, Brown and company could certainly use the positive news as the team’s losses continue to pile up.