Gerald Henderson is already out with a right hamstring strain. Hornets coach Steve Clifford hopes to have Stephenson back for practice Sunday before Monday’s home exhibition against the Orlando Magic. But the cut was deep enough, Clifford said, that there was an infection risk for Stephenson.• No maybe about it that Gary Neal is having the best preseason so far among Hornets. Early in Friday’s game he’d scored eight of the team’s first 14 points.
• That was a loud and engaged crowd in Greenville, S.C. You never know what sort of reaction pro teams will receive in a college-oriented town, but the Upstate was into the NBA on Friday. The Hornets should play there regularly in the preseason.
• It’s a bit of a reach to have to play Jannero Pargo at shooting guard. Pargo was up for it, but it was hard for him to match up physically.