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Charlotte Hornets: Kidd-Gilchrist injured, Bridges shines in preseason loss in Boston

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to the court Saturday after being diagnosed with concussion symptoms during a Sept. .30 preseason exhibition against the Boston Celtics.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to the court Saturday after being diagnosed with concussion symptoms during a Sept. .30 preseason exhibition against the Boston Celtics. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms Sunday, and was ruled out for the second half of a 115-112 preseason loss to the Celtics in Boston.

Kidd-Gilchrist started Sunday, after coming off the bench in the Hornets’ first exhibition, also against the Celtics, Friday in Chapel Hill.

The highlight for the Hornets Sunday was the play of rookie forward Miles Bridges. The 12th overall pick out of Michigan State, the 6-7 Bridges scored 23 points, making 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

The 6-7 Kidd-Gilchrist has a different role for new coach James Borrego, playing primarily power forward after being a starter the first six seasons of his NBA career at small forward.

Kidd-Gilchrist moved back into the starting lineup Sunday because Marvin Williams was one of three Hornets who Borrego chose not to use. Tony Parker and Cody Zeller were also healthy scratches.

Kidd-Gilchrist being asked to play power forward is part of a broader shift of positions by Borrego. Nic Batum moved from shooting guard to small forward. That opens a starting spot at shooting guard. Jeremy Lamb has started the first two exhibitions at shooting guard and Malik Monk is also a contender to start at that position.

The No. 2 overall pick out of Kentucky in 2012, Kidd-Gilchrist has a prior concussion history in his NBA career: In February of 2013, Kidd-Gilchrist took a blow to the head, colliding with then-teammate Jeff Taylor during a road game in Houston. He was knocked unconscious, had to be wheeled off the court, and spent a night in a local hospital .

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