Hornets notebook

Oklahoman Published: February 2, 2007
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Scott will change Hornets' lineup
In an attempt to strengthen his bench's production, Hornets coach Byron Scott will replace Rasual Butler with Devin Brown as the team's starting shooting guard for tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The change will come one game after Brown was moved to the bench because of the return of guard Chris Paul, who returned from an ankle injury that caused him to miss 17 games.

"I just think it's better for our starting five, and I think it's better for our bench,” Scott said. "It just makes us a little bit stronger.”

Scott plans to again use Butler in the same role he played last season and early this season, coming off the bench behind Desmond Mason at small forward. That would keep guard Bobby Jackson as the team's sixth man and Jannero Pargo in the rotation as another spark off the bench. It also gives Brown the playing time that he's earned this season by averaging 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 31.1 minutes, all career-highs.

Brown, who at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds is a more natural shooting guard, said he's comfortable in both guard positions.

"After playing the point (guard position) in this system and the way everything's set up, the only difference is you're bringing the ball up the court,” Brown said. "And now, within this offense, either guard can do that. So it's really not a difference. Now, it's just going to be C.P. and I both pushing the ball up the court.”

Butler the chameleon: Although Butler's return to his reserve role could be viewed as somewhat of a demotion, the fifth-year forward took the news in stride when Scott informed him Thursday.

"I'm like a chameleon, baby,” Butler said. "I just adapt to the situation.

"I'm still playing.

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