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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for game against the New Orleans Pelicans

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will miss tonight's game vs the New Orleans Pelicans due to the fall he suffered against the Knicks.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a scary fall during the Charlotte Hornet's game against the New York Knicks a couple nights ago. After coming out of the game, it was revealed that Kidd-Gilchrist had a rib contusion, and would be listed as day to day. That injury has not fully healed, as such MKG will miss tonight's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

This is a big loss for the Hornets. MKG has been playing some incredible basketball early on, showing some real aggressiveness on a nightly basis. However, if he's not fully healed, then he shouldn't play. The Hornets made the right call sitting him out.

MKG's absence will be a blow to the third ranked Hornets defense, requiring whomever replaces Kidd-Gilchrist to step up. I imagine Gerald Henderson will take MKG's place. While obviously not the same level of defender, Henderson is a good one and should be a suitable replacement. The Pelicans perimeter can score in an instant and Charlotte will need all the defense they can get if they're going to stop them.