Hornets F Smith out with shoulder sprain

The Hornets have ruled out 7-footer Jason Smith for Friday

night’s game against Minnesota and say he could miss up to two

weeks with a right shoulder sprain.

Smith, a reserve forward and center, was hurt Wednesday night in

a 92-88 loss at Oklahoma City.

Smith has been averaging 8 points, 3.7 rebounds and one blocked

shot in about 18 minutes per game this season.