Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who has been out of the lineup since early December with a broken left hand, will start on Tuesday against the New York Knicks, via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:
"My hand is doing well. I'm just ready to play. It's been a month, so I can't wait until (Tuesday) against the Knicks," Kidd-Gilchrist said at practice Monday. "I'm out of rhythm a little bit, but that's usual. I want to be on the court and win some games."
Kidd-Gilchrist used the six weeks of down time as productively as possible. He worked on his shooting, and Clifford said he did a particularly good job of trying to maintain conditioning.
The second-year player suffered the injury against the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 3. He's participated in three practices with the team and has been fitted for a protective glove. Kidd-Gilchrist is Charlotte's best defensive player and he'll be expected to help revive a defense that has slipped a bit in recent weeks. The Bobcats have lost eight out of their last nine games.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18 games this season, shooting 50 percent from the field.