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Bobcats struggling but pleased with Kidd-Gilchrist

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 2:59 am •  Published: March 8, 2013

It's been a difficult season for Kidd-Gilchrist having gone from winning a national title at Kentucky to playing for the NBA's worst team. Aside from that, he's had to battle through two head injuries, the second resulting in a concussion last month.

But through it all, the Bobcats have told Kidd-Gilchrist to keep shooting.

"You can't sit there and put question marks in Michael's eyes in terms of those decisions in his head, especially being the youngest guy in this league at 19 years old," Dunlap said.

Teammates love the energy Kidd-Gilchrist brings to practice and games.

They say it's contagious and has helped them fight through a 13-48 season with the trust that one day it will get better.

"The number one thing about Mike is he just plays hard," said teammate Gerald Henderson. "So, he's going to get a lot of points off just his energy and just his aggression. He attacks the rim ... He's going to continue to grow as a player and his confidence is going to continue to grow. For him, for all of us, but especially for him, as he gets more comfortable out there it will be more consistent."

After posting 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, Kidd-Gilchrist came back with another 17-point outing against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

He was a combined 16-of-24 shooting, half of those converted shots coming off jumpers.

"Regardless of how the season goes for us as a team, every game is a learning experience for MKG," said guard Ben Gordon. "He's only 19 and he's going to continue to grow and you know, get better as he plays more. So, any time he has performances like that, it will help his confidence and give him something to continue to strive for and it's going to be helpful for him."

Dunlap agrees.

"He's not thinking about playing as much, in terms of 'Do I do this, or don't I do this?'" Dunlap said. "I think that's just repetition from playing the game."