Ankle keeps Trevor Ariza out of lineup

ATLANTA -- New Orleans forward Trevor Ariza is sitting out the Hornets' game against the Atlanta Hawks because of an ailing right ankle.

Hornets coach Monty Williams says Ariza has been dealing with tendinitis for "a while," and the team decided to give him Friday night off and see how he's feeling Saturday.

Williams won't speculate on how long Ariza might be out until he gets more information from the medical staff.

Ariza is the Hornets' third-leading scorer at 10.8 points per game. He's been replaced in the lineup by Quincy Pondexter.