UPDATE: The Charlotte Bobcats said late Saturday night that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be hospitalized overnight with a concussion, according to the Associated Press. The X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the team said.
Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in last year's draft, went up to defend Toney Douglas' layup attempt early in the fourth quarter on Saturday night. Taylor swooped in and his right hip connected with the back of Kidd-Gilchrist's head.
HOUSTON -- All of a sudden whether the Charlotte Bobcats might hang on to a fourth-quarter lead on the road seemed pretty trivial.
There was Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, lying on the floor under the Houston Rockets' basket, holding his head with 10 1/2 minutes left to play. He had just collided with teammate Jeff Taylor, and the impact to his head and neck appeared serious.
Eventually Kidd-Gilchrist was wheeled out on a stretcher, his neck immobilized by a brace. The former University of Kentucky standout was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital to have X-rays on his injury.
The good news: Kidd-Gilchrist was talking and moving his extremities before being carted to the ambulance. Not much more was known in the post-game locker room. It was not known whether Kidd-Gilchrist would spend the night in the hospital, but Kidd-Gilchrist's mother, Cindy Richardson, sent out a tweet late Saturday night saying "Thank you for your prayer. (Kidd-Gilchrist) will be OK."
"It all happened so fast, I couldn't tell what happened,'' said Taylor after the Bobcats' 109-95 loss at Toyota Center.
Based on replay, it appeared Kidd-Gilchrist's head collided with Taylor's hip or knee. As Coach Mike Dunlap described, the two rookies "tangled up, kind of up in each other'' after Kidd-Gilchrist's attempt to block a drive by Houston's Toney Douglas.
Taylor stayed with Kidd-Gilchrist throughout the examination by medical personnel from both teams. Taylor said he was trying to console Kidd-Gilchrist as Kidd-Gilchrist talked to the medical staff.
"I was down there by his side, telling him it would be all right,'' said Taylor, drafted in the second round by the Bobcats in June. "Everybody was just trying to calm him. Obviously it was a scary situation.''
Just before the injury occurred, Taylor had made a three-pointer to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 80-79. After Kidd-Gilchrist left the court the Bobcats extended that lead to five points with 8 1/2 minutes left on Ben Gordon's three-pointer with just under 10 minutes left.
But the Bobcats were outscored 12-2 in the game's final 4 1/2 minutes. Houston forwards Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson scored 24 points each. Kemba Walker finished with 24 for the Bobcats, while Ramon Sessions added 20.
Kidd-Gilchrist has been quite durable his rookie season, playing in 45 of the Bobcats' 46 games and starting 44.