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MKG dislocates shoulder against Pacers

The severity of the injury is unclear, but for now it seems to be less serious than the labrum tear that sidelined MKG earlier this year.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder, the same shoulder in which he suffered a torn labrum that kept him out the first 46 games of the year.

The injury happened driving to the basket, when MKG fell to the floor and the Pacers' Ian Mahinmi fell on top of him. Soon after he was transported from the arena to a local hospital where the shoulder was put back in place.

After the injury the Hornets immediately gave up points on seven of the next nine possessions to Pacers team who up to that point, had simply been over matched. MKG finished the game with 8 points on 3-4 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in just over 18 minutes of play.

There's no timetable yet, although a dislocation is generally considered NOT as serious as a labrum tear. According to physical therapist-in-training and personal friend Patrick Furr, a non-professional athlete would most likely have the shoulder immobilized for around four weeks, depending on the severity.

Really it depends on the dislocation, as many tend to occur along with a tear of the labrum, so let's just cross our fingers and hope that's not the situation here. It's difficult not to wonder whether bringing MKG back this early in the season was really the right move by the organization. I guess we'll know soon enough.