Hornets' leading scorer Paul to miss at least a month

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An ankle injury will keep New Orleans
guard Chris Paul sidelined for at least a month.

Paul had an MRI on Thursday and has a severely sprained ankle
that will take a minimum of four weeks to heal, team spokesman
Scott Hall said on Friday.

Paul injured the ankle when he stepped on the foot of Seattle's
Johan Petro late in the first quarter of a game in Seattle on

Paul is the Hornets' leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points. He
also leads the team in assists with 9.0 per game.

He is the fourth of the Hornets' top six players out with an

Guard Peja Stojakovic is out for up to three months after back
surgery, forward David West is out for up to two months after elbow
surgery and key reserve Bobby Jackson will miss another two weeks
while recovering from a cracked rib.

Jannero Pargo is expected to replace Paul as the team's starting
point guard. In 28 games, the past two as a starter, Pargo is
averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.6 minutes.