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Emeka Okafor out vs. Clippers

NEW ORLEANS -- Hornets starting center Emeka Okafor is out for Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Okafor has been sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle which has now forced him to miss 10 straight games. Okafor was hoping to return to action following the All-Star break and has practiced this week, but Hornets coach Monty Williams says he's not yet ready to return.

Okafor, who has averaged 11.1 points and 10.1 rebounds in 49 games this season, remains day-to-day and could return when New Orleans plays at Minnesota on Friday night.