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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hornets Injury Update: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist practices on Tuesday, could play tonight vs. the Celtics

By on 12/10/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Charlotte Hornets enter tonight's game against the Boston Celtics coming off a 103-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday. At 5-15 on the season, the Hornets sit in last place in the Southeast Division. They are ranked 25th in scoring and 22nd in points allowed. Help could be on the way tonight, particularly at the defensive end, as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist practiced and could return from a stress fracture.

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I reported on December 5 that Kidd-Gilchrist, who hasn't appeared in a game since November 11 due to a stress fracture, would be out of the lineup until at least December 10.

Russ Owens of, tweeted the following update on Kidd-Gilchrist.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer added that Kidd-Gilchrist was diagnosed with a stress fracture on November 13. An MRI revealed a precursor for a stress fracture and had the reaction become a fracture, he would have missed six to eight weeks.

The Hornets have struggled in Kidd-Gilchrist's absence and coach Steve Clifford is confident in his return tonight, although Clifford will use Kidd-Gilchrist off the bench at first.
 “He had a ton of energy and played really, really well. As long as he’s not too sore (he’ll play) – to me, he looks like he’ll be fine.”
Kidd-Gilchrist, in his third NBA season out of Kentucky, is averaging 9.8 points on 62.5 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds per game this season. In 62 games last season, he averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Kidd-Gilchrist has career averages of 8.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and 5.6 rebounds per game. 

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