First, they lost the game 89-82, and then they found out shortly after that they would also lose Michael Kidd-Gilchrist indefinitely due to a fractured hand.
— Charlotte Bobcats PR (@BobcatsPR) December 4, 2013
Kidd-Gilchrist left the game in the third quarter and did not return. The Bobcats forward is now the fourth player in the last few days to suffer a hand-fracture type injury (Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick and Anthony Davis were the others).
“I looked down at my finger and it was pointing the wrong way,” Kidd-Gilchrist said of his left ring finger. “I didn’t feel anything at the time.”
He exited the game, disappeared into the tunnel to have X-rays taken. Soon after, Kidd-Gilchrist was told his hand was fractured.
“I was really surprised,” he said.
Kidd-Gilchrist will probably miss somewhere between two and eight weeks, depending on how severe the fracture is. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Charlotte.
“It’s a hit, it’s a big hit,” first-year Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. “He’s been playing well. Foul trouble has limited his minutes lately, but he’s been playing really well, so he’s going to be a tough one to make up for what he does.”
Kidd-Gilchrist is in his second NBA season, and is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game.