Bulls guard Michael Carter Williams was expected to miss 3-4 weeks with knee and wrist injuries.
Add a couple more weeks.
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Michael Carter-Williams was examined again by a Bulls hand specialist, John Fernandez. The following is a statement from Dr. Fernandez and Bulls Team Physician Dr. Brian Cole.
“Michael still has a significant amount of wrist swelling. A new MRI and CT scan were ordered with findings consistent with a significant wrist sprain as initially diagnosed. The CT scan identified a small “bone chip” consistent with the initial injury mechanism. The course of treatment remains the same, including immobilization and rest until symptoms permit play (4-6 week estimate). His cast will be removed and the wrist will be reassessed by Dr. Fernandez for symptom improvement in two weeks.”
Carter-Williams originally suffered the injury on Oct. 31 at Brooklyn.
The Bulls looked good with Carter-Williams backing up Rajon Rondo in their first few games. But Chicago has more than gotten by since, outscoring opponents by 5.8 points per 100 possessions when Rondo sits. Isaiah Canaan and Jerian Grant have been adequate backups, and Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade provide playmaking from the wing.
Carter-Williams fell into the Bulls’ lap when the Bucks were so desperate for wing help, they traded for Tony Snell. Carter-Williams is essentially a luxury in Chicago, one the Bulls won’t get to fully enjoy just yet.