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November 30, 2013

Charlotte Bobcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist practices, expected to play vs. Miami Heat

            It looks like Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be back to play against the NBA champion Miami Heat Sunday, after Kidd-Gilchrist missed Friday’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks with plantar fasciitis.

            Certainly they need him, matched against Miami’s LeBron James, last season’s league most valuable player and probably the most versatile offensive weapon in the NBA.

            Kidd-Gilchrist fully participated in practice Saturday before the team flew to Miami for a 6 p.m., Sunday tip-off at American Airlines Arena. Coach Steve Clifford said he plans to start Kidd-Gilchrist unless there’s some unexpected setback between now and the game.

            Kidd-Gilchrist told the Observer his right foot is still sore, but it’s nothing like it was Thursday morning, when he spent to day in a protective boot.

“I feel a lot better. I’m going to take it day-by-day. I worked with the trainers a lot,” Kidd-Gilchrist said.  “I’m working through it. I want to get back on that court.”

Obviously they need him as the first defensive option dealing with James, who is third in the NBA in scoring (26.5 points per game) and second in field-goal percentage (59.8 percent). But James is so much more than a scorer; he’s often the Heat’s primary ball-handler/decision-maker and can excel as a power forward when Miami chooses to go small.

So the Bobcats need options – Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeff Taylor, maybe Gerald Henderson or Anthony Tolliver – to give James various defensive looks.

Now that he’s guarded James a few times, Kidd-Gilchrist sounds impressed but not intimidated.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him, of course. But at the same time I’m my own man and I won’t back down against anybody,” Kidd-Gilchrist said.

“Playing against All-Stars is always fun. Practice is fun, too – guarding Gerald Henderson. It’s not easy guarding Gerald, so I get some practice for this.”

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2013 at 02:28 PM | Permalink


good. that was a sufficient dose of ben gordon for the week.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 30, 2013 4:01:33 PM

How will this sort of injury affect his jump shot?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 30, 2013 5:06:50 PM

every time he makes one you must vomit a little in your mouth, don't you?

ugly doesn't mean ineffective.

and explain to me how biz' scoring is up and his usage and turnovers are down. is he........developing?! *gasp*

top 10 rebounder in the league now? to go with his perennial top 10 shot blocker status? at age 21?

man we better play jeff adrien some more right?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 30, 2013 5:45:33 PM

I don't understand how you guys are still debating about Biz; the guy had incredible upside and showing improvement early this season. The guy has a positive and STABLE (job-secure) coaching system to work within and is only going to get better.

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Nov 30, 2013 11:39:35 PM

*Not to say that I don't like the energy Jeff is bringing-

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Nov 30, 2013 11:41:41 PM

He is starting to get that killer instinct to dunk every time he touches the ball and the second that happens completely....and he adds another 10 pounds of muscle.....woah.

there aren't many centers in this league that will be able to out muscle that dude. if there are even any NOW. And the few that might could.....won't be as athletic.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 1, 2013 12:06:44 AM

Dude, the guy has made fewer than 15 jumpers the whole season...odds are great most fans haven't even witnessed 5!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 1, 2013 12:46:29 AM

by "fans" you mean the bandwagoneers that won't watch until someone tells them the team is doing well.

he's steadily hitting 1 a game. and that's enough for his game. he's only taking a few shots in half court anyways. he keeps knocking down 1 a game this year (at age 20 - i will continue to remind you of this all year), i'll be thrilled.

for the record....taylor has 19 jumpers made on 74 attempts and mkg has 14 on 38 attempts. even factoring in 3's, MKG is giving you more points per shot on jump shots than taylor.

but because taylor's looks prettier leaving his hands, he's a "shooter" and MKG is "terrible"

even edging out henderson too. without looking at sessions, i would imagine MKG is second only to him thus far in productivity as a jump shooter. and way out performing ALL OF THEM at the rim.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 1, 2013 2:02:19 AM

"1 a game", HAHAHAHAHAHA...when he's 22 is he gonna hit 2 a game? You'd think a #2 draft pick would get you 2 jumpers a game from the get-go, regardless of age!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 1, 2013 10:27:32 AM

that just sounds dumb. why would it ever matter how many jumpers he makes? that's like saying dirk doesn't get enough dunks for a 7 footer.

as for future prospects....i guarantee the guy has MULTIPLE games in his career where he makes 3 or more 3's in the same game. i would almost guarantee he has multiple games where he makes 4 or more. the only reason I feel less confident in that, is that he he's going to be scoring so easily at the rim that he won't be taking many 3's.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 2, 2013 9:39:49 AM

"he's steadily hitting 1 a game. and that's enough for his game. "

So how does that sound?

He goes about 5-6 games between 3's...

...to make 3 in a game he'd probably have to shoot 18 -- when do you expect this explosion of 3pt attempts to commence?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 2, 2013 11:35:23 AM

what does that have to do with anything? while elite 3 point shooters are insanely valuable, so are elite finishers who get to the free throw line and play defense.

if he's giving you the same points per possession and making enough jumpers to make defenses respect him (which he is), there's no actual negative result to his lack of 3 point attempts.

remember that henderson was the same way early on and while he's no 3 point ace, his attempts and % of makes has steadily increased through the years. many players follow that same kind of career trajectory. shawn marion has been more successful taking less than a 3 a game than he was when he was jacking up 4 a game in phoenix.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 2, 2013 1:42:46 PM

"...and making enough jumpers to make defenses respect him (which he is)..."


Rick Bonnell said this of M-CSS-KG:

"His inability to make jump shots is widely known, so teams guard him exclusively for the drive."


"His jump shot is still flawed, and at times this preseason he passed up open looks.


"It’s no secret Kidd-Gilchrist has a mechanically-flawed jump shot."


In 18 games he's made a grand total of 15 shots ANYWHERE outside of the lane, that's fewer than 1 per game.

You're a fool if you think "defenses respect" his jumpshot. In fact, I bet they'd sit there and let him take jumpers all day long but he won't do it!

Five straight games without putting up a 3 and only twice has he shot the 3 in the last 10 games.

You're deluding yourself...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 3, 2013 1:08:39 AM

As negative as nastar99 is I can't disagree with any of that. ...mkg cant shoot. I'm not saying he never will but right now....nope

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Dec 3, 2013 9:33:06 AM

if you're quoting rick bonnell, that's your first mistake in any argument.

shawn marion has a mechanically flawed jump shot. matt bonner has a mechanically flawed jump shot and led the league in make % on 3's a few years ago. joakim noah has a horrible flawed jump shot yet makes a high % for a center (and good free throws for a big too). that's like QB's with bad mechanics. they still make throws and still win games.

show me some game tape where teams are leaving MKG open in the corner because it's not happening. teams used to leave biz the entire time on offense and they aren't doing that any more either. they never did that to MKG. they would play off him in on ball defense last year, but they aren't doing that this year. watch a game for once.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 3, 2013 10:22:14 AM

and your sources aren't very good with stats either.

he has 36 shots outside the lane, 15 MAKES and that's in SEVENTEEN games not 18. again......his points per shot and points per possession are higher than every wing on the team except sessions (i believe). so what does it matter where the shots come from?

you're arguing against results. you would rather have .65 PPS when you're getting .833 right? he's giving you .97 points per per jumper inside the 3 point lane and you want him to step back to a range he hasn't developed yet?

for once make an argument with logic and facts. do it for once. you know i'm going to waste my time shooting the ish with everyone on here regardless and you constantly challenge people to complete some meaningless task like name when someone is going to do something.......or top 3 point guards in the league or whatever.....

make a VALID argument using FACTS. do it for me once dude. just once. i know it's not in your skill set, but trust me, it's really not THAT difficult.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 3, 2013 10:27:49 AM

What part of he's "made a grand total of 15 shots ANYWHERE outside the lane" did you not understand? Yep, 17 games, not 18, miscount on my part -- changes nothing.

Are you seriously in doubt about why it's important to be able to hit shots outside the lane ?

Doesn't matter now, broken hand. I feel bad for MKG, unfortunate break (no pun intended).

BTW, dropping like a stone in the Hollinger's Ranking, down to #34....uuugh.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 3, 2013 11:04:32 PM

He's making shots outside the lane. Stick to the facts. One minute you say he's making one a game, the next he isn't making any.

Again - his efficiency outside the lane is above that of his teammates and above average for the league. He hasn't been used highly so his attempts aren't high. This isn't complicated stuff.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 5, 2013 9:47:54 AM

He's made 15 the whole season outside the lane.

If you don't believe me go look at the shot charts on the NBA website. Chart shows every shot taken, and every shot made. Takes less than 5 seconds to count all his shots made outside the lane.

Only the facts ma'am!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 5, 2013 6:44:31 PM

15 out of 36 attempts. i already listed this and i didn't get it from nba.com because their charts aren't very inclusive statistically.

he's played 18 games. he's attempting 2 and making almost 1. which is......above average % wise and not horrible given the amount of minutes he's played, touches he gets.

making 15 out of 36 is above average efficiency. so are you arguing that he isn't getting enough attempts? i agree. you blame the player, I blame the coach/teammates.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 6, 2013 11:51:16 AM

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