Tuesday , Dec , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Injuries are taking its toll on the Hornets

(Sports Network) – Injuries are destroying the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets season. They own a disappointing 11-15 record, after they started the
season with four straight wins.

The Hornets are without three key players. Peja Stojakovic (lower back) is
expected to miss at least two months, and David West (right forearm/elbow) is
out indefinitely. Guard Bobby Jackson has a cracked left rib and has not
played since November 28th.

Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game and last played on November 24th,
while West, who is averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, has not played
since November 12th.

Jackson is averaging 10.9 points and 4.1 boards. He has missed 11 straight
games with his injury.

On Tuesday, the Seattle SuperSonics close out a three-game homestand as they
welcome the Hornets to KeyArena. It is the second meeting of the season
between the clubs this season. On December 8th, Chris Wilcox had 19 points and
eight rebounds to lead Seattle to a 94-74 win over the Hornets at KeyArena.
The SuperSonics have won two of the last three contests in the series. The
Hornets have lost two in a row and five of their last six at Seattle.

The Hornets will host the Sonics on February 23, 2007 and April 4, 2007 in the
final two contests of the season between the squads.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City will try and get back on the winning track against
the SuperSonics. Tony Parker scored 19 points and handed out nine assists as
the San Antonio Spurs routed the Hornets, 112-77, on Saturday at the Ford
Center.

Chris Paul scored 20 points in the loss to San Antonio for the Hornets, who
have lost five of their last six games overall. Rasual Butler ended with 16
points and Jannero Pargo added 11 off of the bench in defeat.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 5-9 on the road this season. The Hornets will
visit Portland on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers defeated the Hornets, 92-91, on
November 10th at the Rose Garden.

The Hornets are 0-6 when they allow over 100 points this season.

Paul leads the Hornets in scoring (18.9 ppg) and assists (9.0 apg). He has
scored in double-digits in five straight games and is averaging 22.0 points,
5.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists in that span.

NOH