Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.
Barring a setback, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play Wednesday vs. Celtics.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) December 9, 2014
Kidd-Gilchrist has missed 12 games with a stress reaction in his foot, and the Charlotte Hornets have gone 2-10 over that stretch. With Kidd-Gilchrist in the lineup, however, their record is 2-4.
Bonnell stated that Clifford will bring Kidd-Gilchrist off of the bench to help him regain his conditioning and play extended minutes. Since he couldn't put weight on his foot and wasn't allowed to jump or run, staying in shape was difficult for MKG. Still, he works hard, so it won't take long for him to be back in game shape.
Despite playing a career low 23.3 minutes per game this season, Kidd-Gilchrist's production hasn't dipped compared to his career averages. He's averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, in addition to shooting a career high 62.5 percent from the field. That number will likely drop, but with the added confidence his refined jumpshot has given him, expect Kidd-Gilchrist to finish the season with the highest field goal percentage of his young career.