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February 03, 2013

Bobcats rookie Kidd-Gilchrist has a concussion, in a Houston hospital

    Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Jeff Taylor and spent Saturday night in a Houston hospital for observation while the team flew on to Miami for Monday’s game against the Heat.

            Kidd-Gilchrist was injured early in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Rockets. Attempting to cut off a drive by Houston’s Toney Douglas, Kidd-Gilchrist knocked into Taylor and the resulting fall caused a collision with the floor.

            X-rays and a CT scan, performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital, showed no head or neck injuries beyond the concussion. However, the NBA established a concussion protocol this season, which Kidd-Gilchrist will have to pass before being cleared to play again this season.

            The injury happened with around 10 minutes left in the game, after the Bobcats took their first lead on Taylor’s 3-pointer. Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap described it this way:

            “Jeff and Michael got tangled up, and I think the first thing that hit the wood was (Kidd-Gilchrist’s) head. It was a quick bang-bang play.’’

            Dunlap said Kidd-Gilchrist was able to talk and move his extremities before he was carted to an ambulance on a stretcher with his neck immobilized.

            It’s a reasonable assumption that Kidd-Gilchrist, who has played 45 of the Bobcats’ 46 games this season (with 44 starts) will miss several games. The Bobcats complete this five-game road trip Monday in Miami and Wednesday in Cleveland, then play four games in seven nights before the All-Star break.

            Taylor is the logical fill-in starter at small forward. Assuming Taylor moves into the starting lineup, look for Gerald Henderson to play more backup small forward and for Ben Gordon’s minutes to increase.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 3, 2013 at 01:16 AM | Permalink


Very very happy to hear that MKG looks to be OK....hang tough fella....

Posted by: Spider S. | Feb 3, 2013 4:30:22 AM

Fire Dunlap. His use of Kemba , Sessions and Gordon in the crunch was the dumbest move of all time. It never works . He even had time to adjust it but kept w it foolishly.

Posted by: Iron man | Feb 3, 2013 5:03:22 AM

I wish him all the best. I hate to see these kind injuries to young talented players.

Posted by: ziggydoda | Feb 3, 2013 9:31:10 AM

man, i was so scared when that incident happened. MKG is like a family to all bobcats' fans. They should rest him for 20+ games.

Posted by: vinh k | Feb 3, 2013 9:50:40 AM

Let him rest...... Get well soon young MKG

Posted by: Timmnewman | Feb 3, 2013 3:21:53 PM

MJ, Dumlap has to go! You need to get a real NBA coach. You have hired Sam Vincent,Larry Brown, Paul Silas and now Mike Dunlap who is a division three college coach who has never played in the NBA.The GM Cho will get the players the coach will put the team together.There are some good coaches without jobs,Avery Johnson, Scott Skiles,Nate McMillen to name a few. George Karl really got over on you talking you into hiring Dunlap.The young players are not improving and no Vet. FA will come here with Dunlap coaching. Give Dunlap Higging'S job.

Posted by: Big FAN | Feb 3, 2013 4:34:19 PM

Saying dunlap is the problem with the bobcats is like saying obama is the problem with congress.

Neither dictates the talent they get to work with. Nor do they "play" the game itself. We have a talent issue not a coach issue. Mullens being out has thrown us off big time for a team that already lacks depth in the paint.

We are 2 high draft picks away from being good. And we need to hit a home run with a later pick AND develop biyombo more. But dunlap isn't the problem. At least not now. Probably not ever.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2013 7:21:40 PM

I highly respect your posts Charlotean but you're off base here. Dunlaps playing of the 3 runt small is solely on him as the coach. It never wins games and is too easy to adjust to. All the young players except Adrien have regressed. He has no pick AND ROLL OFFENSE so he's teaching the youth nothing. He's never attempted any back door cuts where. The cutters get the ball when players are being overplayed. His use if vertical assists is zero ,I.e.lobs and alley oops whc is a staple on every other team.

You know that Kemba is allowed the green light to shoot when a pt gd must set his team up first and foremost but facilitate in the lane during crunch at the least. So he's teaching him the wrong way. Last game, he took 23 shots whc means he's not facilitating only gunning.

His use of Henderson is a joke. And use of Mkg is a joke. It's time to get a real nba coach. Avery ,McMillan, Skiles.

Posted by: Iron man | Feb 4, 2013 6:33:27 AM

I hear you, but i think it would be different if he had a stacked team. It's too early on.

I agree there's more that can be done to work with what we have.....i can only assume biz can finish an ally oop within reason. I can only assume henderson could be given better looks and more frequently.

I HATE watching sessions gordon and haywood but that's the roster we currently have. Remember that dunlap inherited the worst team in the league and you've given up on him half a season in. I'm going to give him at least next year to see if he can turn this around. Getting mullens back (hopefully tonight) will help big time. Adrien coming off the bench means no warrick or thomas which is awesome.

Taylor has had some back door cuts. That has way more to do with player skill set and tendencies. You don't draw up back door cuts. You aren't going to change kemba either. I was super critical of him coming in to the season because he was shooting a ton and not making much. He's making enough shots now. Our problems have way more to do with youth and lack of post play. But coaching isn't going to change kemba's instincts. Talent around him might.

We've had a horrible coach before, his name was sam vincent.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 4, 2013 6:06:30 PM

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