CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats All-Star forward Gerald Wallace has been cleared to return from a sprained left ankle and is expected to play Friday at Atlanta.
Wallace practiced on Thursday after sitting out the last three games. He was injured in the final seconds of the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday.
Wallace is Charlotte’s second-leading scorer at 18.5 points and top rebounder at 10.4 a game.
The Bobcats could also have guard Larry Hughes available against the Hawks for the first time since he was signed last weekend. Hughes is recovering from a broken finger.
Reserve center DeSagana Diop has been cleared to return after missing four games with dizzy spells, but center Nazr Mohammed remains sidelined with a back injury.