Jeff Taylor Ruptures Achilles; Done For Season

Dec 20, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Jeff Taylor (44) is helped off the court by teammates after being injured during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats will be without second-year forward Jeff Taylor for the remainder of the season. A source confirmed to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that Taylor will be sidelined with a ruptured achilles tendon in his right foot. Taylor suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of the Bobcats 116-106 win over the Detroit Pistons Friday night.

Taylor had been filling in for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who fractured his left hand on Dec. 3 against the Dallas Mavericks. Kidd-Gilchrist’s timetable would put him at a return some time in the middle of January.

With Taylor and Kidd-Gilchrist both sidelined, the Bobcats are left with Anthony Tolliver and newcomer Chris Douglas-Roberts. Tolliver played with the starting unit last night in Detroit and Douglas-Roberts played 16 minutes off the bench. Tolliver is likely to continue starting.

The Bobcats are 13-14 and have the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The team could be in the market for a small forward before the trade deadline to bolster the rotation. Before their respective injuries, neither Taylor or Kidd-Gilchrist were not scoring or shooting the ball well. With Tolliver and Douglas-Roberts figuring to take up a bulk up the small forward positions, the Bobcats could use a rental forward with scoring ability and 3-point range.

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