It's a tough break for Kidd-Gilchrist, who suffered the same injury during the preseason and was sidelined for nearly four months before making his season debut in late January. Given that Kidd-Gilchrist was initially projected to miss up to six months with that injury, it appears safe to assume that the small forward will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, even if he progresses in a similarly quick manner this time around. The team will re-evaluate Kidd-Gilchrist after the All-Star break before outlining a more definitive timetable for his return. Look for P.J. Hairston to return to the starting five in Kidd-Gilchrist's place, while bench wings such as Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin could also see their roles increase.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Thursday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Kidd-Gilchrist dislocated his right shoulder in Wednesday's 117-95 win over the Pacers, but the severity of the ailment won't be known until the results of the MRI are made available. The 22-year-old, who is averaging 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds over 29.3 minutes, was making just his seventh appearance of the season Wednesday after returning from a lengthy absence due to a torn labrum in that same right shoulder. Even if Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't require surgery to address this latest setback, it's fair to speculate that he'll be sidelined for at least a few weeks due to the injury, making him a drop candidate in most shallower formats. P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lamb are likely to take on increased roles in the Charlotte Hornets ' rotation for the duration of Kidd-Gilchrist's absence.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out for the remainder of Wednesday's game versus the Pacers after dislocating his right shoulder.
This is unfortunate news for Kidd-Gilchrist, who has been playing exceptionally well since making his season debut on Jan. 29. He has averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 31 minutes over seven games. There is currently no time table for a return, but the timing right before the All Star break is somewhat fortunate. Expect an update on his status when more information on his injury becomes available.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a season-high 20 points (7-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with seven rebounds and two blocks during 30 minutes in Monday's 108-91 win against the Bulls.
In just his sixth game of the season, MKG looked pretty good on offense albeit against a very depleted Chicago squad. He's getting plenty of minutes, so it'a only a matter of time before Kidd-Gilchrist starts to turn that into more fantasy production. With P.J. Hairston sitting out games, MKG isn't really splitting minutes with anyone at small forward, depending on which lineup head coach Steve Clifford decides to roll with.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11 points (5-14 FG, 0-1 3pt, 1-2 FT) to go with 13 rebounds over 37 minutes in a 106-97 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Kidd-Gilchrist's defense has been a welcome presence in coach Steve Clifford's rotation. After being sidelined with a shoulder injury through the first three months of the season, Kidd-Gilchrist hasn't missed a step in his return to action -- averaging a double-double (14.3 points with 10.7 boards) in his first three games of the year. If Kidd-Gilchrist was up to the task of guarding LeBron James, we can safely assume he's made a full recovery from surgery.
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