Lance Stephenson returns to Hornets lineup after 14 game absence

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The last time Lance Stephenson suited up for the Charlotte Hornets, it was Dec. 17. You were just starting your Christmas shopping.

Now, after missing 14 games he is back from the pelvic strain that sidelined him that entire time. He has come off the bench for the Hornets against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Just don’t expect to see a lot of him at first, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

“He’s not going to play a ton of minutes these first few games,” (Hornets coach Steve) Clifford said at shootaround. “He did a good job with his rehab, but by the nature of that injury he was limited in how much cardio he could do.

“So just like Al (Jefferson) last year, we’ll just play him as he can. He’s not ready for a lot of minutes.”

Stephenson struggled to integrate to the Hornets, averaging just 10.2 points a game on 38.6 percent shooting, with a PER of 10.6. His numbers were down, he just looked out of place next to Kemba Walker. The issues were serious enough that the Hornets tested the trade market for him — and with him back on the court that will pick up again.