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Lance Stephenson should play plenty against Pacers with Kemba Walker out

The Pacers will find the Hornets in Charlotte in the rare position of having similar injury issues.

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The Pacers couldn't catch a break at the Fieldhouse on Friday night so they had to go to Charlotte for some good news.

While the Pacers continue trudging through the season without Paul George and George Hill, the Hornets have been playing without center Al Jefferson for the past eight games due to a groin injury similar to GHill's. Along with Jefferson, the Hornets will be without point guard Kemba Walker.

According to Rick Bonnell, Walker will rest a sore left knee which may have been aggravated due to Walker carrying his team of late. The Hornets are back in the gooey playoff race in the East after winning five of their last six games. Waker averaged around 30 points per game for that run before needing a breather against the Pacers.

With Kemba sitting, former Pacer Lance Stephenson could get an opportunity to show he's ready for a bigger role with the Hornets after struggling earlier in the year before spraining his pelvis (don't ask). Lance played 18 minutes off the bench in Charlotte's loss to San Antonio in their last game on Wednesday.

Stephenson's name has been present in plenty of trade rumors lately and at some point he has to step up and show he can play a positive role on a team outside of Indiana. No doubt he will try to begin making that statement against his old team with the extra opportunity to play on Saturday night.

Plus, it is apparently Lance Stephenson bobble head night.

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