The fractured left hand Charlotte Bobcats suffered Tuesday night in Dallas will keep him out four to six weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

The fracture is on Kidd-Gilchrist’s left ring finger. An X-ray in Charlotte Wednesday confirmed the original diagnosis, made during the Bobcats’ 89-82 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kidd-Gilchrist said he wasn’t aware of when he suffered the fracture. He looked down at his hand during the second half and realized his finger was pointing in an unnatural angle.

A four-week absence would cause him to miss about 13 games through the end of the year. A six-week absence would push that number out to about 20 games.

Kidd-Gilchrist has played in (and started) 18 of the Bobcats’ 19 games this season. He missed a game last Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks with a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Kidd-Gilchrist is probably the Bobcats’ best individual defender.

With Kidd-Gilchrist out, it’s likely Jeff Taylor will move into starting lineup. The other options at small forward are forward Anthony Tolliver and shooting guard Gerald Henderson.