If I had told you prior to the start of the 2013-14 NBA season that a matchup between the Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons in mid-to-late December would be between two teams heavily in the middle of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, you probably would have petitioned for me to have my fingers cut off so I couldn’t type anymore.
However, coming into Friday night’s matchup between the two teams, the Pistons sat at the fifth seed in the East while the Bobcats sat just one spot behind them as the current six-seed. Sure, both teams entered Friday night below .500 on the year, but that’s just how the East has been to start the season.
While the Bobcats certainly had to be looking to get a solid win on Friday, they were immediately met with unfortunate circumstances in this game. Less than a minute into the game, second-year guard Jeffery Taylor went down to the floor and had to be helped off of the floor, unable to put any weight on his right leg.
The Bobcats’ official Twitter account later announced that Taylor went in the back to get x-rays and were told that he had suffered a right Achilles injury and would be evaluated in Charlotte tomorrow.
Though Taylor’s second season with Charlotte hasn’t lived up to the expectations he created for himself in competitions this summer, losing him is quite detrimental to the Bobcats. Taylor has been in the starting lineup in recent weeks filling in for already injured small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who suffered a broken hand. Now, the Bobcats will be left giving Anthony Tolliver and Chris Douglas-Roberts minutes at the small forward.
It’s obviously too soon to have a timetable on Taylor since we don’t know what the injury is, but hearing that it was his Achilles and seeing how he reacted to the injury doesn’t exactly evoke any feelings of optimism. The Bobcats have pleasantly shown a ton of improvement this season, but if injuries keep piling up like this, that success may be short-lived.