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Bulls’ Michael Carter-Williams ruled out with left knee injury

ILE - In this Feb. 20, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Atlanta. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have left hip surgery and miss the rest of the season for the Milwaukee Bucks. General manager John Hammond said Monday, March 7, 2016, that Carter-Williams would have the procedure in Colorado on Thursday to repair a torn labrum. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File) Bulls
AP Photo/Brett Davis, File

Chicago Bulls point guard Michael Carter-Williams left Monday night’s game in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets with a left knee injury. He remained down on the ground for several minutes before eventually making his way into the locker room with a noticeable limp. He has been officially ruled out from returning to the game.

Prior to leaving the game, Carter-Williams played just five minutes. He missed his only shot attempt and recorded two rebounds and a steal, but also turned the ball over twice. Through the Bulls’ first two games — both of which were wins — he’s averaged six points, four rebounds, and three-and-a-half assists per game.

It was back on Oct. 17 that Chicago dealt guard Tony Snell to Milwaukee in order to acquire the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year. The 6’6″ point guard did not have a long tenure with the Bucks, as he spent just a season-and-a-half with the team following a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s coming off a 2015-16 season in which he averaged 11.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game while playing in 54 games for Milwaukee.

His best — and only truly healthy — season in the league was his rookie year in 2013-14 with the 76ers. He was chosen with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Syracuse and immediately became the team’s starting point guard, earning 70 starts during a rookie campaign in which he averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.

In Chicago’s crowded backcourt, Carter-Williams is still working on finding a role, as he sits behind point guard Rajon Rondo on the depth chart.

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