Hornets C Kaman sprains ankle in warmups

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.