The hapless New Orleans Hornets took another blow on the injury front.
The Hornets hope to overcome the latest setback and rebound from the worst month in franchise history when they host the Sacramento Kings.
All-Star Jamaal Magloire will miss three months with a dislocated finger. The 6-foot-11 center, who was averaging 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds this season, joins point guard Baron Davis and forward Jamal Mashburn on the injured list.
Davis has missed eight straight games with a back injury while Mashburn is out for the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Both averaged over 20 points last season.
“We’ve always had guys injured,” said forward P.J. Brown, who scored 11 points in the Hornets 76-67 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday. “It is something we’re used to. It is tough, but that is the way it is. The main thing is that we come out and play hard.”
Lee Nailon scored 16 points for New Orleans, which lost its ninth straight game by single digits. The Hornets finished November with a 1-12 record for the worst month in franchise history, surpassing its previous worst of 1-11 in February and December of 1990.
New Orleans, which has not been this far under .500 since the 1991-92 season, struggled down the stretch for the third straight game Monday. It has been outscored 60-36 in the fourth quarter in the past three games, averaging 12 points on 24.6 percent shooting.
The Hornets had just eight points in the fourth quarter on 23.5 percent shooting from the field Monday. They went scoreless for seven minutes before David West hit a layup at the 1:08 mark as New Orleans avoided matching the lowest point total in their 16-year history.
Webber and Stojakovic have scored in double figures in all 14 games for the Kings, who have won eight of their last nine since opening the season 1-4.
The Kings allowed the Grizzlies to come within one with two minutes left but jumpers by Mike Bibby and Webber in the closing seconds assured the victory.
Webber felt that the Kings should have been more aggressive against the Grizzlies, who are reeling from the resignation of coach Hubie Brown.
“When you start up against a team like this at home … you should step on them and kick them when they’re down,” said Webber. “They’ve had a coaching change. Players hurt. You try to compound all those things.”
The Kings lead the all-time series 18-15, and have won 10 of the last 12 meetings.