Silas took over as Clifford's lead assistant upon Patrick Ewing being hired as head coach at Georgetown last season. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99. In his place, associate head coach Stephen Silas will serve as the interim.
Silas joined the Hornets as a scout in 1999 when his father, Paul, was head coach.
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Clifford is in his fifth season as Hornets' head coach, with a 169-181 record and two playoff appearances (9-13 record so far this season).
"Today's been a lot of study", Silas said before Monday's game tipped off, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. Beyond that, he's been an assistant coach in the league nearly steadily since 2000, save for his time as a scout for the Washington Wizards. There is no timetable set for his return. Charlotte hosts Golden State on Wednesday night.
The Hornets did not provide additional details.