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Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Kidd-Gilchrist will be out 4-6 weeks with his broken hand. (USATSI)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be out 4-6 weeks with his broken hand. (USATSI)

The hand injury Charlotte Bobcats wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered in Tuesday night's loss to the Dallas Mavericks has been diagnosed as a "non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand." The Bobcats announced on Wednesday that he will miss 4-6 weeks because of the injury.

Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during the third quarter of last night's game in Dallas. Kidd-Gilchrist, who was examined on-site last night, had additional x-rays taken this morning in Charlotte that confirmed the original diagnosis.

The Bobcats have been freakishly competitive throughout most of this 2013-14 season because of their ability to defend. While they have the second worst offense in the NBA ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, they have the third best defense in the league. They surrender just 97.8 points per 100 possessions, behind the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. It's helped them claw their way to an 8-11 record to start the season.

That 8-11 record ties the 2009-10 Bobcats team for the best start in franchise history. They finished 44-38 that season in their lone playoff appearance. They are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference.

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