It's been a tough week for former Kentucky stars and top 2012 NBA Draft picks Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Bobcats announced Wednesday that Kidd-Gilchrist will be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand, an eerily similar injury to what Davis suffered earlier this week.
"It's crazy actually," Davis told The Times-Picayune of New Orleans about both of them fracturing their left hand. "I feel bad for him, he loves the game and he loves being out on the floor. It's a tough loss, but I know he's going to fight through it and try to get back on the floor. A lot of guys are breaking their hand now."
Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during Tuesday night's game at Dallas.
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Kidd-Gilchrist's former college teammate and friend Davis, who was selected No. 1 last year, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in the Pelicans game Sunday night against the New York Knicks. Davis is also expected to be out four to six weeks.
Both starters could miss as many as 20 games.
As freshmen they helped Kentucky win a national title in 2012 before turning pro.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Davis, the Pelicans' power forward, is averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.
He told The Times Picayune that while he's eager to get back on the court, the decision as to when isn't up to him.
"I've got to play it by ear, listen to the trainers, doctors and hopefully I'm on the floor sooner than later," Davis said.
Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said the team will have to adjust without Davis in the lineup.
"A.D. gives you so much you can't make up for," Williams said. "Timely blocked shots, his rim runs, his energy — everybody loves him — he gives us juice. ... We'll miss him. It puts a lot more pressure on Jason (Smith) to play more minutes."
Teague would have been OK with trip to D-League
Marquis Teague hadn't even made it to Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday for his D-League assignment when he was called back to the Chicago Bulls. Fellow backup point guard Mike James had found out he'll miss one to two weeks with a sprained knee.
"It was crazy," Teague told the Chicago Tribune. "As soon as I landed they told me to come right back."
The former Kentucky star said he would have been fine with playing in the developmental league, though.
"Actually, I wasn't as upset as people probably thought I was because I was going to get a chance to play quality minutes," Teague told the Tribune. "But I got called back so I was happy about that. I gotta come back here and just work hard."
Coach Tom Thibodeau told the newspaper that wouldn't hesitate to use Teague on Thursday against the Miami Heat.
"I think he's in a good place," Thibodeau said. "That wasn't about punishment. That was about playing time. Because it's so close we can call him back after a day, and we ended up doing that. ...We have confidence in him, he's just got to be ready to go. That was never a long-term situation. It was done with the idea of him getting some playing time.''