Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came out of tonight's game against the Mavericks during the third quarter with a broken hand. It was not known at the time that he was injured but shortly afterward it was revealed that he fractured or broke his hand during a drive to the rim.
As Ben said when MKG missed time for a foot injury against the Bucks, Kidd-Gilchrist has had a decent season so far but not one without offensive inconsistencies, especially with his jump shot. Prior to the injury, MKG was 2-for-6 with 6 points and 3 rebounds against Dallas. He wasn't having a giant impact on the game but his consistency on defense was missed. Steve Clifford's made the Bobcats into the third-best team in defensive efficiency in the league and Kidd-Gilchrist's efforts were a big part of that. Without him, expect that to drop.
Kidd-Gilchrist's injury is just another of a weird string of hand injuries plaguing the NBA as of late. Paul Pierce, Anthony Davis, and J.J. Redick have all suffered broken or fractured hands and will be out for several weeks. The extent of their injuries appears to average around 2-8 weeks. With this we can assume that MKG's injury he suffered tonight, if as severe as the others, will be out for this time period, perhaps until January.
I hope everybody likes Jeff Taylor, because we're going to be seeing a lot of him.