Hornets C Kaman sprains ankle in warmups

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hornets forward Chris Kaman is a late scratch for Friday night's game against Portland after the 7-foot center sprained his left ankle during pre-game warmups.

Kaman had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a loss Wednesday night to Chicago.

His absence from the lineup only further decimated a Hornets team already missing guards Eric Gordon and Jarrett Jack, and forwards Carl Landry and Jason Smith.

Kaman has been averaging close to 10 points and seven rebounds in primarily a reserve role this season.