Los Angeles Clippers forward Lance Stephenson was fine after leaving practice Thursday with pubic bone inflammation, but his status is unknown for the team’s first preseason game Friday, reports Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
According to Sportsinjuryclinic.net, pubic bone inflammation, known as Osteitis Pubis, is an overuse injury that can be caused by excessive workouts or as the result of a direct impact. The injury is most common in sports like soccer and hockey, and can also occur during pregnancy.
Stephenson came to the Clippers during the off-season in a trade that sent Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to the the Charlotte Hornets. He is expected to come off the bench and play a defensive role this season.
Stephenson struggled in Charlotte after signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the team last off-season, averaging 8.2 points per game and shooting just 17.1% from behind the arc.
It looked like Stephenson was going to break out after a strong season with the Indiana Pacers in 2013–14. He averaged career highs in minutes (35.3), points (13.8) and rebounds (7.2) that season.
The Clippers play six preseason games before opening the regular season against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 28.