Monday , Jan , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets missing three key players

(Sports Network) – Injuries to their three top players have worn down the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, who were projected by many to be a playoff
contender this season. The Hornets own a disappointing 12-21 record and sit
in fourth place in the Northwest Division.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is without star guard Chris Paul (sprained right
ankle) and forwards Peja Stojakovic (lower back) and David West (right
forearm/elbow). Paul, who was injured on December 26th, leads the team in
scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (9.0 apg). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points
per game and last played on November 24th, while West (right forearm/elbow) is
averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, and has not played since November
12th.

A pair of teams with losing streaks meet on Monday, as New Orleans/Oklahoma
City hosts the Los Angeles Clippers at the Ford Center. It is the second
meeting of the campaign between the Hornets and Clippers. On November 12th,
Elton Brand collected 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Clippers past New
Orleans/Oklahoma City, 92-76, at the Staples Center. The Clippers have lost
two straight meetings at the Hornets.

The Hornets have lost four in a row and play the finale of a four-game
homestand against the Clippers. On Saturday, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington
scored 27 points apiece as the Indiana Pacers defeated New Orleans/Oklahoma
City, 100-93, at the Ford Center.

Desmond Mason led the Hornets with 28 points in the loss to Indiana. Jannero
Pargo netted 14 off the bench, while Devin Brown and Marc Jackson both scored
11 points in defeat.

Guard Bobby Jackson (cracked left rib) is questionable for Monday’s contest.
He has missed 17 games this season for the Hornets. Jackson is averaging 10.6
points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

The Hornets are 7-9 as the host this season. They will visit the Atlanta Hawks
on Wednesday at Philips Arena. It is the first of two meetings between the
clubs this season. The Hornets are scheduled to host the Hawks on February
28th at the Ford Center.

The Hornets are 0-9 when they allow 100 or more points this season.

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