After the loss, coach Steve Clifford said Stephenson's issues adjusting to his first season with the Hornets is partly due to him trying to live up to expectations.
"To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said Wednesday, per ESPN. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years."
Stephenson has struggled to find a consistent rhythm and role in Clifford's offense. Stephenson is fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game, which is a significant drop after averaing 13.8 points per game in 2013-14 for Indiana.
He is also shooting just 36.8 percent from the field after shooting 49.1 percent last season. Although, it's not all bad for Stephenson, who is averaging career highs in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and assists (5.4 apg).
"I've been around Kobe [Bryant] and [Tracy] McGrady. They were superstars. I was also around Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. They were two-, three-year All-Stars," Clifford said. "[Stephenson has] got a lot of work to get to that level. Everybody proclaimed him as this guy, and if you remember the first time we got him, I said he's got to develop into that."Analysis:
Bryant sank all 10 of his free throws to help boost his scoring total on a night where he struggled with a low shooting percentage for the second time in three games. He only managed to pick up four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes in the loss, the team's third straight. The Lakers will look to get back on track Friday against the Timberwolves.Analysis:
Lamb played just 24 minutes off the bench but nearly led the team in scoring in Wednesday's win, easily eclipsing his previous best of 58.8 percent shooting from the field. However, he did foul out in the game while also racking up four rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. The Thunder snapped a six-game losing streak with the win, and they'll look to build upon Wednesday's success Friday against the Knicks.Analysis:
Harden's 31 shots eclipsed his previous career high of 28 shots, set late last season, but he suffered from a bout of inaccuracy in the win to fall short of 30 points for the first time in three games. He also managed to fill up his line with eight assists, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes. The Rockets take a three-game winning streak into Friday's game against the Clippers.Analysis:
Fournier managed to start, playing 31 minutes. He scored 10 points in his return, shooting 4-9 from the field. He also pulled down two rebounds.Analysis:
Canaan played 32 minutes with Patrick Beverley sidelined and took advantage of the opportunity, also racking up six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win. He hadn't made more than three three-pointers in a game this season before doubling his season high Wednesday. The Rockets are set to face the Clippers Friday.Analysis:
Teague delivered his fourth-straight 20-point performance in the loss, but his double-double was just his second of the season. He also managed three rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes Wednesday. Teague takes a 25.8-point scoring average over his last four games into Friday's game against the Pelicans.Analysis:
Lowry hadn't managed double-digit assists in a game since posting a triple-double on Nov. 7 but came through with a season high in the category Wednesday despite dealing with his worst shooting night of the season. He also racked up six rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes as the Raptors won their sixth straight game. They'll look to keep rolling Friday against the Mavericks.Analysis: