Friday , Jan , 19 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets continue to play shorthanded

(Sports Network) – No team has been hit as hard by the injury bug as the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Injuries to their three top players have worn
down the Hornets, who are a disappointing 15-22 record and are locked 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.

The San Antonio Spurs try to halt a two-game losing streak when they battle
the injury-riddled City Hornets on Friday at the AT&T Center. The Spurs won a
pair of contests on the road over the Hornets this season. San Antonio is
scheduled to host the Hornets on March 28th at the AT&T Center in the fourth
and final meeting of the campaign between the squads.

The Hornets have lost four straight at San Antonio. The Spurs have won five in
a row and nine of the last 10 in the series.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City attempts to win its fourth straight game against the
Spurs. Jannero Pargo scored 25 points and the Hornets won a defensive struggle
with suffocating defense in overtime, knocking off the Orlando Magic, 84-78,
on Tuesday at the Ford Center.

Desmond Mason had 21 points and nine rebounds in the victory over Orlando for
the Hornets, while Rasual Butler totaled 19 points and 11 boards in the
victory.

Guard Bobby Jackson (cracked ribs) is questionable for Friday’s contest. He
has missed 21 games this season for the Hornets. Jackson is averaging 10.6
points per game.

The Hornets, who will host the Lakers on Saturday, are 6-12 on the road this
season. It is the second meeting of the season between the squads. The Hornets
defeated the Lakers, 105-89, on December 6th at the Staples Center. The Lakers
have won two of their last three at the Hornets.

Pargo has scored in double digits in three straight games. He is averaging
22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest during that span.

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