Friday , Feb , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets are getting healthy

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are starting to get
healthy. No team has been hit as hard by the injury bug as the Hornets this
season.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is still without forward Peja Stojakovic (lower
back). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game and last played on
November 24th.

Forward David West and guard Chris Paul have returned from their injuries.
West missed 30 games because of an elbow injury, while Paul was sidelined for
17 contests with a sprained right ankle.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Hornets both try and get back on the
winning track, as they square off on Friday at the Ford Center. It is the
third of four meetings between the squads this season. The teams split the
two previous contests, as both clubs picked up a victory on the road.

Minnesota has won six of its last eight at the Hornets. The Timberwolves are
scheduled to host the Hornets on April 7th at the Target Center.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City wraps up a five-game homestand against the
Timberwolves. The Hornets are 3-1 on the stand. On Wednesday, Andre Iguodala
scored 22 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out seven assists to
lead Philadelphia over the Hornets, 89-78, at the Ford Center.

Devin Brown poured in 17 points off the bench for the Hornets, who had a
three-game winning streak halted. Tyson Chandler had 10 points with 15
rebounds, while Desmond Mason, West and Rasual Butler contributed 10
points apiece in defeat.

Paul, who was last year’s Rookie of the Year,returned to the court and ended
with nine points and two assists in just over 29 minutes of action.

The Hornets are 13-11 as the host this season. After Friday’s game, they will
embark on a three-game road trip. New Orleans/Oklahoma City will visit
Houston, Sacramento and Denver on the swing.

West has played in eight games since returning from his injury. He is
averaging 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in those contests, and has collected
four double-doubles.

The Hornets are 19-26 and are in fourth place in the Southwest Division. They
are a distant 18 games behind the division-leading Dallas Mavericks.

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