Charlotte Bobcats star fractures hand in narrow defeat

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Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a fracture to his left hand, reports ESPN.

The 20-year-old picked up the injury during his side's narrow 89-82 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

Kidd-Gilchrist was in fine form for the Bobcats before sustaining the injury - picking up six points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

The second year said on his injury: "It was [pointing] the wrong way. That's it.

"I was really surprised. I didn't feel anything at the time. ... It happens in this league."

Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford refused to be drawn on how long his star player would be out for when he was asked by journalists after his side's defeat in Dallas.

Clifford was hoping his side could bounce back from Sunday night's 99-98 loss against the Miami Heat.

Kidd-Gilchrist is likely to sit out the Bobcats' next match against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

The Bobcats are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference - having won eight games out of their first 19.

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