Hornets G Jack expected to miss a week

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 on 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.