Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Suffers Concussion, Removed From Game vs Rockets on Stretcher (VIDEO)

by February 03, 2013

Really scary situation in Houston last night, as rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went down with a head injury and appeared to be completely unable to move during the ensuing minutes. MKG was taken off the floor on a stretcher, and fortunately x-rays and a CT scan later in the night showed no injuries beyond a concussion. From the Charlotte Observer: “Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Jeff Taylor and spent Saturday night in a Houston hospital for observation while the team flew on to Miami for Monday’s game against the Heat. Kidd-Gilchrist was injured early in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Rockets. Attempting to cut off a drive by Houston’s Toney Douglas, Kidd-Gilchrist knocked into Taylor and the resulting fall caused a collision with the floor. X-rays and a CT scan, performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital, showed no head or neck injuries beyond the concussion. However, the NBA established a concussion protocol this season, which Kidd-Gilchrist will have to pass before being cleared to play again this season. The injury happened with around 10 minutes left in the game, after the Bobcats took their first lead on Taylor’s 3-pointer. Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap described it this way: ‘Jeff and Michael got tangled up, and I think the first thing that hit the wood was (Kidd-Gilchrist’s) head. It was a quick bang-bang play.’ Dunlap said Kidd-Gilchrist was able to talk and move his extremities before he was carted to an ambulance on a stretcher with his neck immobilized.”

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