Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Injuries hurting the Hornets

(Sports Network) – Injuries are holding the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets down. After starting the season with four straight wins, the Hornets
have dropped eight of their last 12 contests.

Peja Stojakovic (strained lower back), David West (strained right forearm) and
guard Bobby Jackson (cracked left rib) are all sidelined for the Hornets. West
has not played since November 12th and is averaging 17.4 points and 8.3
rebounds, while Stojakovic, who joined the club through a sign-and- trade with
Indiana during the offseason, last played on November 24th and Jackson did not
is out for approximately two weeks with a cracked left rib.

Stojakovic is second on the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and is shooting over 40
percent from beyond the arc. Jackson, who signed with the club as a free agent
during the offseason, has registered 10.9 points per contest.

The injury-riddled Hornets try to halt a five-game losing streak when they
visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at the Staples Center. The Hornets
have lost five straight and nine of their last 10 at the Lakers. The Lakers
have won three straight and seven of the last eight meetings in the series.

On Friday, Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 13
rebounds as the Chicago Bulls edged New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 111-108, at the
Ford Center.

Rasual Butler poured in 33 points in the loss to Chicago for the Hornets,
while reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul recorded his third-career triple
double with 25 points, 18 assists and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have
lost eight of their last 12 games overall.

The Hornets, who begin a three-game road trip against the Lakers, are 4-5 on
the road this season. They will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday at
KeyArena and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at ORACLE Arena in the
finale of the current swing.

Paul is averaging a team-best 18.3 points and has handed out a club-high 9.2
assists per game. He has played over 30 minutes in all 16 of the Hornets’
games this season.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City has scored 100 or more points in five contests this
season and is 3-2 in those games.