Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Chandler, Paul leading Hornets’ run at the playoffs

(Sports Network) – Multi-talented point guard Chris Paul and forward Tyson
Chandler have the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets back in the thick of the
Western Conference playoff race.

Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-best 8.7 assists in 41
games this season. The Wake Forest product has collected 17 double-doubles and
has scored in double-digits 34 times.

Chandler, who is averaging 8.6 points and a club-high 12.4 rebounds, has been
a force inside lately. Has has registered 10 straight double-doubles and has
posted double-figures in rebounds in 17 straight contests.

The Hornets (28-30) have been hit extremely hard this season by injuries, but
have managed to avoid falling out of contention for the postseason. They are
tied with the Clippers for eighth and final spot and are just one game behind
the seventh-seeded Denver Nuggets.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is still without forward Peja Stojakovic (lower
back). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game in just 13 outings,
and last played on November 24th.

The Chicago Bulls play the finale of a three-game homestand, as they welcome
the Hornets on Friday to the United Center. It is the second and final meeting
of the season between the clubs. On December 1st, Andres Nocioni scored 31
points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Chicago edged the Hornets, 111-108, at the
Ford Center. Nocioni is currently sidelined with plantar fasciitis in his
right foot.

The Hornets have lost two of their last three at Chicago. The Bulls have won
two in a row in the series.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City has won three of its last four games overall. Paul
posted 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Hornets got their sixth straight win
at home with a 107-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the Ford

Devin Brown scored 19 points in the win over Atlanta for the Hornets. Tyson
Chandler collected 18 points and 13 boards, while David West had 17 points and
14 boards in the victory.

The Hornets are just 9-19 on the road this season. They are scheduled to host
the Utah Jazz on Sunday at the Ford Center. On January 27th, Bobby Jackson
scored 21 points off the bench to lead New Orleans/Oklahoma City over the
Jazz, 94-83, at the Ford Center. Utah is scheduled to host the Hornets on
March 10th at EnergySolutions Arena.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is scheduled to play 13 of its final 24 games on the