Jarrett Jack expected to miss a week

NEW ORLEANS -- The Hornets say starting point guard Jarrett Jack is expected to be out at least a week because of soreness in his left knee.

Jack had already missed three games because of the injury when he returned Wednesday night in a loss to Chicago. Jack played nearly 28 minutes against the Bulls, scoring only four points to go with three assists, well below his averages of about 15 points and seven assists.

Jack's absence means the Hornets are without four of their top players for Friday night's game against Portland. The Hornets also are without shooting guard Eric Gordon (sore right knee), power forward Carl Landry (sprained left knee) and 7-foot forward Jason Smith (concussion).

Hornets coach Monty Williams says Greivis Vasquez is expected to start in Jack's place.