Hornets Kidd-Gilchrist leaves game with shoulder injury

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the hospital for further evaluation Saturday night after injuring his right shoulder in Charlotte’s 106-100 exhibition win over Orlando.

Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds, and got up holding his shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room.

Clifford said that the injury put a damper on an otherwise productive preseason opener for the new-look Hornets, but didn’t have an update on his status beyond him going to the hospital.

”We’re just waiting to hear anything, but nothing yet,” he said.

Prior to his injury, the fourth-year forward was 2 for 4 from the field with four points and one assist.

Kidd-Gilchrist signed a four-year, $52 million extension in August. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries.