Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injury: Out for tonight's game vs Bucks

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be out tonight. His pain was severe enough to place him in a walking boot but his outlook in the coming days is a bit cloudy. Steve Clifford was hopeful it could clear up in the next few days but his status will be up in the air.

Jeff Taylor will start and Clifford expects to use Ben Gordon (who?) some tonight, Rick Bonnell said.

Starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is "highly questionable" for tonight's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Steve Clifford told the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell today.

Kidd-Gilchrist has plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

If Kidd-Gilchrist is indeed out, the Bobcats could start Jeff Taylor at the wing. They have some other options though they're a bit more ... eccentric, let's say. Regardless, I expect to see more of Anthony Tolliver.

Kidd-Gilchrist has had an up-and-down season so far. He's been a more efficient scorer with a 50.9 percent mark on field goals but after a good start to his season, he's quieted down a bit. Always active, Kidd-Gilchrist is still solid on the glass and defense but his development as a jump shooter continues to hamper his effectiveness on offense.

The Bobcats have lost six of their last seven home games. The Bucks have lost five of six road games this season.

For more on plantar fasciitis, here's a post from a Golden State Warriors trainer who also worked with the USA National Team.

Usually it can be controlled with rest, stretching, and therapy treatments. Team physicians will often prescribe an orthotic, a custom made arch support that will help correct a biomechanical deficiency and absorb some of the shock that is sent from the floor up to the foot. In most cases, these procedures are enough to keep a player on the floor until the condition resolves. However, this isn't always the case.

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On many occasions, we will try to alleviate the problem without having a complete shut down, but there are times when such a plan is the best course of action. This is particularly true with an injury to the foot. A strain to the plantar fascia is generally not as severe as what Steve Francis sustained, but if ignored, can become a nasty problem.

"Plantar fasciitis sucks" - Joakim Noah

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