Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to return from hand injury Tuesday against Knicks

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte will welcome MKG back to the lineup as it tries to turn things around.

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 Knicksvia 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.

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