An injury-riddled season continues to take its toll on the New Orleans Hornets.

Already missing several star players, the Hornets (12-22) will be without again be without guard Bobby Jackson as they meet the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

A CT scan taken Tuesday showed Jackson - winner of the NBA's Sixth Man Award in 2003 - has five cracked ribs instead of one as first thought. Jackson missed 16 games from Dec. 6-Jan. 2, but came back Thursday to score seven points in less than 10 minutes of a 92-68 loss to Detroit.

Jackson has not played since Thursday, and there is no indication when he may take the court again.

"The limiting factor is his ability to deal with the pain and function effectively,'' Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said.

Jackson injury is the latest blow to the team already without its starting backcourt. Forward Peja Stojakovic needed surgery to remove a disc fragment from his lower back and is not expected back until March.

Guard Chris Paul, the reigning rookie of the year, has missed the last seven games with a sprained right ankle and could be back by the middle of February. Forward David West hasn't played since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Nov. 13.

The Hornets, who are trying to avoid their season-high sixth straight loss, have dropped five of their last six visits to Philips Arena.

With a 100-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, the Hornets were swept in a four-game homestand for the first time since March 6-12, when it dropped three games in Oklahoma City and a fourth in New Orleans.

"Our mistakes are beginning to be the same things over and over again. That is the thing that is bothering me,'' Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "We are putting too much pressure on ourselves when the game is on the line, and we are making too many mental mistakes, too many physical mistakes.

Forward Desmond Mason led the short-handed Hornets with 28 points, and center Tyson Chandler added 13 and 13 rebounds.

Atlanta (10-22) lost its season-high fifth straight on the road with a 91-72 defeat to Indiana on Tuesday. Guard Speedy Claxton had just 12 points to lead the Hawks, who shot a season-low 32.1 percent from the floor.

"We just couldn't score tonight,'' Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We missed wide-open shots and looked very lethargic. I think we were our own worst enemy.''

Claxton, now with his fifth team since being selected 20th overall by Philadelphia in 2000, played 87 games with the Hornets after being acquired from Golden State in a February 2005 trade for Baron Davis. Claxton left New Orleans to sign a $25.5 million, four-year contract with Atlanta in July, but is averaging just 6.6 points and 4.9 assists.

The Hawks snapped a six-game home losing streak with an 86-74 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, and now will try to win consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 24-29, and just the third time this season. Atlanta has split its 10 wins at home and on the road.

These teams will complete their season series on Feb. 28.


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