Bobcats' Clifford to coach after heart procedure

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says he feels "fine" and plans to resume coaching Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks, three days after a procedure to have two stents placed in his heart.

Clifford said Monday following the team's shoot-around, "I haven't had any pain, even minor pain, since the incident."

Clifford, 52, was taken by ambulance to the hospital Thursday night after experiencing chest pains while dining at a Charlotte restaurant. The following day doctors inserted the stents to prevent blockage to the heart.

Doctors advised Clifford to take it easy, which won't be easy considering the Bobcats have four games in six days.

Clifford isn't the only one returning Monday night. He says center Al Jefferson, who missed five games with an ankle injury, will start against Atlanta.