New Orleans forward Jackson Vroman is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist, Hornets coach Byron Scott said Thursday.BETHANY, Okla. — New Orleans forward Jackson Vroman is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist, Hornets coach Byron Scott said Thursday.
NO/Oklahoma City Hornets
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
41 1.8 2.1 0.3 39.394 47.727
Vroman injured the wrist when he went up for a two-handed dunk Wednesday against Utah, then fell from the rim to the floor and put both arms behind his back to try to cushion his fall.
“It wasn’t a good break,” Scott said. “He’s got to get a plate in there and everything.”
Scott said Vroman, who was averaging 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds, was expected to be out 10 weeks, which would put him out the rest of the season.
Three other Hornets players are expected back Saturday when New Orleans completes a home-and-home series against Utah.
Scott said backup point guard Speedy Claxton, who missed his first game since November after spraining his left ankle Tuesday at Indiana, and starting forward Desmond Mason, who bruised his tailbone Wednesday against Utah, are both “pretty confident” they will return.
He said forward David West, the team’s top scorer and rebounder, should be back at practice Friday after taking two games off to be with his wife and newborn child.
“Hopefully Saturday we’ll be pretty much full strength,” Scott said. “We’ll have some bumps and bruises. Those guys won’t be at 100 percent probably, but they’ll be in uniform and ready to play.”
After practice Thursday, point guard Chris Paul wore a wrap around his left shoulder, which he hurt when he slammed into Blazers center Ha Seung-Jin in New Orleans’ final game before the All-Star break.
Paul has played in both of New Orleans’ games after the break, averaging 22.5 points.
“I still think he’s got a little bit of a stinger in that shoulder so he’s going to continue to get treatment on that and ice it down more for precautionary reasons than anything,” Scott said. “Right now, he’s just trying to prevent that thing from flaring back up and going back to where it was at the beginning.”