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The Chicago Bulls' closer is almost back at full speed.

Rick Bonnell: Here are five thoughts on the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA, with just over a week before the start of the regular season.

Al Jefferson scored 20 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 96-86 Friday night in a preseason game.

Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson suffered a groin strain that caused him to miss part of Thursday’s practice. The Hornets started preseason with an apparent glut at shooting guard. For now, they’re down to Gary Neal and rookie P.J. Hairston.

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