ORLANDO, Fla. — Hornets coach Steve Clifford said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the hospital for further evaluation Saturday night after injuring his right shoulder in Charlotte’s 106-100 exhibition win over the Orlando Magic.
Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds and got up holding his right shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room.
Clifford said the injury put a damper on an otherwise productive preseason opener for the new-look Hornets, but he didn’t have an update on Kidd-Gilchrist’s status beyond him going to the hospital.
“We’re just waiting to hear anything, but nothing yet,” Clifford said.
Prior to his injury, the fourth-year forward was 2-for-4 from the field with four points and one assist.
Gilchrist signed a four-year, $52 million extension in August. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries.
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