The Charlotte Bobcats will be without the services of second-year player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist until January after he suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during the third quarter of last night’s game in Dallas.
The break was first spotted during an examination given to Kidd-Gilchrist when he left the game and was later confirmed when he had x-rays taken in Charlotte Wednesday morning.
Chosen second overall in the 2012 NBA draft out of Kentucky, MKG has been a very durable player for the Bobcats only missing 2 of the 97 games he's played so far in his young career. While Kidd-Gilchrist has shown much improvement on the offensive end of the floor, his on-ball defensive skills will prove very hard to replace.
MKG has guarded the likes of Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George so far this season for the Bobcats and he held his own in each contest.
Jeffrey Taylor will more than likely be plugged in at the small forward spot for the Bobcats when they face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Taylor started for MKG in the home win against the Milwaukee Bucks after he was diagnosed with plantar faciitis in his right foot last week.
While Taylor is not a ball-hawking defender like Kidd-Gilchrist, his offensive ability could be a shot in the arm for a team that managed only 82 points in a loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
After losing their last two games on the road the Bobcats will be home for their next three, facing the aforementioned 76ers, Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic.