Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets Team Report – February 23

=== New Orleans Hornets Team Report – February 23 ===

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets host the Seattle SuperSonics on
Wednesday at New Orleans Arena. Seattle defeated New Orleans, 108-91, at
KeyArena on February 8th and has won three straight meetings overall. The
Sonics have won three of the last five meetings at the Hornets.

New Orleans has lost two of its last three games, and will play its first tilt
back from the All-Star break. The team could receive a boost with the return
of guard Baron Davis, who has been out since January 16th with a bruised
Achilles’ tendon. Davis, who was somewhat ripped by head coach Byron Scott for
a slow recovery, is questionable for Wednesday’s contest.

Last Wednesday the Hornets, who are 14th in the Eastern Conference, dropped a
101-78 contest to visiting San Antonio. J.R. Smith had a career-high 25 points
for New Orleans, which has lost eight of its last 11 games overall. Dan Dickau
added 13 points for the Hornets, who have lost all three contests against the
Spurs this season.

The Hornets are 8-16 as the host this season. New Orleans is 6-4 in its last
10 at home.

Dickau has scored in double-digits in 17 straight games. He is averaging 16.8
points and 5.6 assists in his last 10 contests and recorded three double-
doubles in the 2004-05 campaign.

New Orleans, which has lost three of its last five at home, will host the
Denver Nuggets on Sunday. On November 29th, the Nuggets knocked off the
Hornets, 76-67 at the Pepsi Center. The teams will play twice more in the
2004-05 campaign, as the Hornets will host the Nuggets on April 6th, while
Denver will welcome New Orleans to the Pepsi Center on April 13th.