New Orleans Pelicans guard Lance Stephenson reportedly sustained a groin injury that will keep him out for an extended period of time after he undergoes surgery.
ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the news, and the Pelicans later confirmed the injury. New Orleans is already riddled with injuries, and their backcourt is pummeled more than anywhere else. They came into this season without Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, two of their top-three players.
Stephenson had suited up for just six games before the injury, and the seven-year vet was putting together a respectable campaign.
In roughly 27 minutes a night, Lance was putting in 9.8 points on 47 percent shooting from the field while handing out nearly five assists per game. Although he does a myriad of great things offensively, he’s not exactly a lockdown defender, and that doesn’t help New Orleans’ already porous defense.
Over the course of Stephenson’s absence, Tim Frazier and E’Twaun Moore are going to need to increase their production, and rookie guard Buddy Hield could see an increase in minutes and get himself into a rhythm.
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