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Chris Vivlamore: Hornets’ Kidd-Gilchrist is out with ankle sprain.
MKG’s mixed bag of an NBA career has included averages of 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets, along with a concussion, a stress fracture in his right foot that limited him to 12 games in 2014-15 and a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the season this past year after just seven games. “I just fell on my shoulder,” he said of his most recent injury. “It was a freak accident.” So, understandably, the first question Kidd-Gilchrist was asked Saturday concerned his health. “It’s good,” he said. “I’m all healthy. I’m 200 percent … ready to go.”
Kidd-Gilchrist’s fourth NBA season was sidetracked by two separate torn labrums in his right shoulder. The second of those injuries came in February after Kidd-Gilchrist played in seven games at midseason. He was recently cleared for on-court training and says he’ll be back to normal in time to fully participate in training camp in October. “I’m shooting, I’m lifting, I’m running. I’ll be ready for next season,” he assures.
Rick Bonnell: Rich Cho said MKG’s injury definitely was a factor in the decision to acquire Courtney Lee. Said it’s Clifford’s call whether he starts.
Alex Kennedy: Hornets announce that Mike Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery to repair torn labrum tomorrow. They confirmed that he’ll miss rest of season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: After suffering another torn labrum, Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery. He will miss rest of season.
Spencer Percy: QCH Source: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist definitely having surgery after tearing his right labrum. He’s done for the year. Surgery date not set. There is too much risk involved w/ MKG not electing for surgery, so the decision everyone expected has been made. What a shame. There’s no doubt that MKG’s injury-prone nature is concerning, but we can’t forget that he’s only 22 years old.
Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday in a road victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Hornets provided no timetable for his recovery, but it appears unlikely he’ll play again this season. This is the second time in five months Kidd-Gilchrist has suffered that particular injury. He had surgery in October on the shoulder after injuring himself in a preseason exhibition in Orlando.
Candace Buckner: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder.
Chris Kroeger: Should clarify. If simple dislocation, could be weeks for MKG. If MRI reveals tear, much worse, but it appeared he had some movement.
Rick Bonnell: The @hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is close to being activated for the first time this season. Could happen Friday in Portland. MKG playing end of January or start of February is an amazing accomplishment following October shoulder surgery.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s original timetable suggested a six-month recovery time. So far he appears well ahead of that schedule. “For sure. No question I’m going to play this season,” Kidd-Gilchrist told the Observer Wednesday at shootaround. “I’m going to play. It’s a matter of when now.”
“He’s been doing all the 5-0 and 3-0 drills in practice. Frankly, it’s just nice to have him around because he brings such energy to everything he does. They seem pretty ‘So far, so good’ with his recovery,” Clifford said. “I’m not a doctor, but I think (he’ll play in the regular season). The only thing they’re hesitant about is the nature of these injuries. Literally it has to be step-by-step. They are hesitant to put out a timeline. They just want to make sure.”
Kidd-Gilchrist was recently cleared for all non-contact activities, following shoulder surgery in October to repair a torn labrum. If he progresses successfully in non-contact drills, he could be cleared in the coming weeks to start contact drills, the next step toward playing.
Rick Bonnell: I asked Steve Clifford if it’s conceivable MKG (shoulder surgery) could be cleared medically if @Charlotte Hornets make the playoffs… Clifford didn’t dismiss possibility of MKG in playoffs, but said there’s no “timeline” on his rehabilitation.
Rick Bonnell: I’ve gotten questions about how MKG’s long-term injury does or doesn’t affect @Charlotte Hornets roster . MKG’s contract counts against the 15 maximum roster spots regardless of whether he plays this season.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The procedure was completed by Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Typical recovery time for this procedure is approximately six months. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
After consulting with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook this morning, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Cook tonight at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent an MRI today that revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook tomorrow to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando when he dislocated his right shoulder with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Adi Joseph: Small clarification on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury: He hasn’t decided yes on surgery, though it’s entirely likely he will, I’m told.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn’t allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed the need for surgery. Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will need shoulder surgery and be sidelined six months, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Kidd-Gilchrist was transported to Florida Hospital South for X-rays, that were negative. The Hornets announced Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury is a dislocation. He is scheduled to fly back to Charlotte and be re-evaluated by doctors on Monday. The Hornets didn’t estimate how long Kidd-Gilchrist might be out, but typically a dislocation takes three to 12 weeks of recovery time before a patient can return to normal activity. That figures to cost Kidd-Gilchrist the rest of the preseason and quite possibly regular-season games. The Hornets’ regular season starts Oct. 28 in Miami and the first three games are versus Southeast Division rivals the Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”