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.