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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers another major shoulder injury


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The tough breaks keep coming for former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA.

Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have all missed significant time due to injuries this season, and for MKG, he's suffered yet another shoulder injury that may end his season.

The Charlotte Hornets announced Thursday that Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday in a road victory over the Indiana Pacers. The team provided no timetable for his recovery, but it appears unlikely he'll play again this season.

This is the second time in five months MKG has suffered that particular injury. He suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder during the beginning of the NBA preseason. After having surgery in October, Gilchrist was given a six-month timetable for recovery on the surgery, and many believed the former No. 2 overall pick would miss the entire season.

But Kidd-Gilchrist battled back and has made a big impact for Charlotte over the past two weeks as they climbed back into the playoff race. He made his season debut on Jan. 29 after missing the first 46 games of the season.

MKG's biggest highlight of this season was when he scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 30 minutes against the Bulls in a 108-91 win on Monday. On Wednesday, he recorded eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes before leaving the game. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 13.5 points and seven rebounds over his first six games with the Hornets this season, and it looks like that will be all he plays.

MKG suffered this most recent injury when he hit the floor under the Hornets' basket and was fallen on by Indiana center Ian Mahinmi.

Kidd-Gilchrist then left the court and the immediate concern was it was serious, and Charlotte's worst fears came true.