Bobcats C Biyombo ready to return against Magic

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bobcats coach Paul Silas says rookie center Bismack Biyombo will be back in Charlotte's starting lineup Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Biyombo missed the last two games because of a strained left shoulder.

Biyombo had one of his better games of the season against the Magic on Jan. 17, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard in a 96-86 loss to Orlando.

Silas says Biyombo is pain-free.

Silas likes the way Biyombo has improved offensively, saying "you watch him and his shooting is unbelievable now -- because he couldn't make a shot before."

Over his last eight games, Biyombo is shooting 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field and averaging 5.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.