Hornets guard Lance Stephenson returns to practice, expects to play in opener against Bucks

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    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Hornets guard Lance Stephenson has returned to practice and says nothing will keep out of the season opener Wednesday night against Milwaukee.

    Stephenson is battling a groin injury has missed four preseason games.

    He said Tuesday, "I'm playing" and added that he feels "about 90 percent."

    Stephenson moved with a pronounced limp as he shot around after practice Tuesday.

    Coach Steve Clifford says the decision will rely heavily on what the team's trainers decide after Stephenson goes through shoot-around before the game. He says the important thing is making sure Stephenson doesn't suffer a setback.

    Clifford says Stephenson did a lot of contact drill Tuesday "but we'll have to wait and see how he does. If there's not a lot of soreness then he will play."

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