Pelicans’ Lance Stephenson out indefinitely due to groin muscle tear

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The basketball gods have it in for New Orleans right now. Tyreke Evans (leg issues), Jrue Holiday (personal), and
Quincy Pondexter (knee) are all key parts of the rotation who are out.

Now add Lance Stephenson to the mix as he will need surgery, the team announced. From the official press release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Lance Stephenson has been diagnosed with a groin injury that will require surgery. An MRI performed today confirmed the injury. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date.

Stephenson has played 27 minutes a night so far for the Pelicans, averaging 9.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. He’s become a key part of their rotation because he can create his own shot, including what could have been the game winner against the Suns this week (if Devin Booker hadn’t sent it to OT with a great play).

The Pelicans are 0-6 to start the season and it’s going to be hard to climb out of that hole, especially if they can’t get healthy.