The Bobcats lost more than a game Saturday night when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had to be taken off the court on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital after colliding with a teammate in the fourth quarter of their 109-95 loss to the Rockets.
Kidd-Gilchrist took a knee to the back of his head from Jeffery Taylor when both were trying to defend a Toney Douglas' layup attempt.
The Charlotte rookie was on his way down from trying to block the play, but a trailing Taylor going for the rebound made contact with Kidd-Gilchrist. He would lay motionless on the floor for a few minutes being attended by the training staffs from both clubs.
The second overall selection in last year’s NBA Draft was placed in a neck brace and brought to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital where he underwent precautionary X-rays and a CT scan, all of which were negative for head and neck injuries.
Kidd-Gilchrist was alert and had movement in all extremities before leaving the Toyota Center although he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Last Wednesday Kidd-Gilchrist was named to the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All Star Weekend along with teammate Kemba Walker. In 45 games with 44 starts, the 19-year old forward out of Kentucky is averaging 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.