Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson has been cleared to play in Monday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one game earlier than the original timetable.
Jefferson missed the past nine games with a groin strain. He said last week he was shooting for Wednesday’s home game against the Miami Heat for his return to the court.
However, he was cleared medically to play Sunday after some one-on-one workouts at the end of practice.
Jefferson will play off the bench Monday and coach Steve Clifford said he’d limit Jefferson to between 14 and 16 minutes of playing time. So Bismack Biyombo will remain the starter at center, at least for now.
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Any scoring Jefferson can provide will be much needed. The Hornets are without point guard Kemba Walker, who will miss his second consecutive game with a sore left knee.
Walker and Jefferson are the Hornets’ top scorers this season, combining to average 37.2 of the Hornets 95.5 points per game