Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Observations

• Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said small forward Jeff Taylor requested his upcoming stint with the Austin (Texas) Toros of the NBA Development League because Taylor wasn’t getting enough work out of limited practice time.

It has been more than a year since Taylor suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, and during that time he has played small parts of three games. Clifford said that this way, Taylor can get heavy minutes in three or four D-League games.

• The situation with rookie Noah Vonleh’s D-League assignment is a bit different. He’s still learning the NBA game, particularly on defense, Clifford said, and his time with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants can help him figure out the nuances of pick-and-roll defense.

• It sounds highly unlikely that Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) will be ready to play in Wednesday’s road game against the Houston Rockets. Stephenson has yet to be cleared for drills that involve change of direction.