Oklahoman Published: November 29, 2006
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Crowd count is just 15,647
Tuesday's crowd of 15,647 was the smallest for a regularly scheduled Hornets game at the Ford Center. There were just 17 people seated in Section 305.

Last year's Jan. 18 home game against Memphis drew 14,554 fans, but that game originally was scheduled to be played in Baton Rogue, La., and was moved to the Ford Center. The game was not part of the regular-season ticket package.

• Peja, West await tests: Hornets coach Byron Scott said the team is awaiting test results on Peja Stojakovic and David West to determine when both can return to the lineup. Stojakovic, who is suffering from back spasms, missed his second straight game Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors at the Ford Center. West missed his eighth straight game because of an injured right elbow.

Stojakovic underwent an MRI exam Tuesday, and the Hornets were expected to receive the results Tuesday night. Stojakovic, who did not attend Tuesday night's game, complained to Scott about lingering pain in his back.

"He said just washing his hands the other day, he bent over and it kind of spasmed again on him," Scott said. "It's just a matter of us getting some more information and finding out where he is, and if we can be a little more aggressive in what we're doing as long as there is no serious damage."

Scott said West was progressing well, but his status for Friday's game is in question as well.

"The last test we got was good news and we're waiting on one more," Scott said of West. "If it's the same thing we can be a little more aggressive with what we have to do with him as far as getting more flexibility back in that arm."

• Jackson surprised at fine amount: Guard Bobby Jackson knew he was going to receive a fine for Saturday night's altercation with a referee that ultimately led to him being ejected. But Jackson said before Tuesday night's game that he didn't expect the league to slap him with a $20,000 fine.

"Yeah, I was surprised," Jackson said.

Scott said everyone expected a fine, but the team was unsure whether or not Jackson would be suspended.

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