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.
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