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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hornets Injury Update: Lance Stephenson confident that he will play in season opener

By on 10/29/2014 11:45:00 AM

The Charlotte Hornets open the 2014-2015 regular season on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks following a 3-5 preseason. Looking to improve upon a 43-39 record from last season, the Hornets added shooting guard Lance Stephenson to the roster, who had the best season of his career last year with the Indiana Pacers. After with a groin injury which caused him to miss practice on Monday, he's confident he'll be ready for the opener tonight.

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I reported yesterday that Stephenson, who had a groin injury which kept him out of practice as a precautionary measure on Monday, was questionable for the season opener.

An update on Stephenson, as reported by the Associated Press through, Stephenson returned to practice after being hampered by a groin injury. He indicated that nothing will keep him out of the season opener tonight against the Bucks.

Coach Steve Clifford says the final decision wont be made until after the shoot-around before the game. As long as there is no setback, Stephenson should be good to go.

Stephenson is in his fifth NBA season and first with the Hornets. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 78 games with the Pacers last season. The 24-year-old out of Cincinnati has career averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 210 games. 

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