• As expected, Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his second straight game with a concussion, but MKG is on the mend. Coach Mike Dunlap had a long talk with him Wednesday and said hes substantially better both in how his head and neck feel.
Kidd-Gilchrist cant begin the NBAs post-concussion testing until hes symptom-free.
• Cavaliers star and former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving was a high school teammate of Kidd-Gilchrist in New Jersey. So Irving made a point of checking in on his buddy after learning of the concussion he suffered in Houston.
I was a little worried at first, but he told me he was OK, Irving said pre-game. Hopefully hes back in the next few days.
• Irving and Kemba Walker both have great speed as point guards, but in very different ways. When Walker has it going, his sudden stops-and-starts create space to shoot. Irvings gift is changing direction without slowing down. Hes as fluid a dribbler as I can remember.