Hornets try to sting T’wolves
(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are still alive in
the playoff chase and will hit the road this evening to take on the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center.
The Hornets are three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But on Friday they had their
three-game winning streak halted with a 103-95 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
David West tallied 17 points at the Ford Center for the Hornets, who played
without guard Chris Paul (foot) and center Tyson Chandler (toe). Marc Jackson
had 16 points, while Devin Brown and Jannero Pargo each had 13 points in the
losing cause. Paul and Chandler are both listed as questionable for today.
Forward Peja Stojakovic (lower back) is expected to miss tonight’s contest.
Stojakovic, who is in his first season with the Hornets, is averaging 17.8
points in 13 games this season. The sharp-shooting Stojakovic last played on
New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 12-25 as the guest this season.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will open a four-game homestand on Saturday and
have won two of their last three overall games. Randy Foye scored 19 points to
lead Minnesota past the New York Knicks, 99-94, on Friday at Madison Square
Ricky Davis added 17 points and Kevin Garnett tallied 12 points and 15 boards
for Minnesota, which drew within 5 1/2 games of the Clippers for the final
postseason spot in the West.
Minnesota will host the Hornets, Raptors, Mavericks and Spurs on the stand,
and is 20-16 at the Target Center this season.
Saturday’s game between the Hornets and Timberwolves is the fourth and final
meeting of the regular season. New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 2-1 so far in the
series and has won four of the last six meetings.
The Hornets have won two straight after losing their last six at Minnesota.