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Sixers at Celtics Preview: The Tim Frazier Era

Michael Carter-Williams is a game-time decision tonight in Boston. Could the Tim Frazier era in Philadelphia debut with a start?

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After the Philadelphia 76ers' morning shootaround in Boston, Michael Carter-Williams told reporters he was experiencing some discomfort in his foot and he will be a game-time decision for tonight's festivities against the Boston Celtics. If MCW is unable to go, it would be the second time this season — if you include the preseason — where Carter-Williams was unavailable to play against his hometown team at TD Garden.

Enter Tim Frazier, who drove just under two hours down I-95 from the Celtics' D-League affiliate in Portland, Maine to join the Sixers on Thursday, making his debut for a very short-handed Sixers team when it comes to point guard play. If Carter-Williams can't go tonight, the smart bet would be on JaKarr Sampson sliding into the point guard spot and Brett Brown inserting K.J. McDaniels back into the starting lineup.

Point JaKarr has been a fun experiment, and it would seem Brown would be more comfortable handing the keys of the team over to a player experienced in the Sixers' system rather than a newcomer in Frazier. But Frazier isn't a complete stranger to the Sixers' playbook. The former Penn State guard spent a lot of time with the Sixers coaching staff this summer, working out at PCOM for about a week before playing in five games and starting in four for the team in Las Vegas.

"We love his poise," Assistant coach Chad Iske said of Frazier back in July. "He's a seasoned college player, and we're looking for point guards that can run a team and take charge of the group that's out there and be a coach on the floor. He's done a pretty good job of that, and we've seen progress in the right direction."

With that, Frazier could plausibly be starting his very first NBA regular season game.

Tune in to CSN at 7:30 to see the drama unfold.

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