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Scott mixing up backcourt

By John Rohde Published: February 3, 2007
At the outset of the season, when his team was healthy, Hornets coach Byron Scott had a rhythm to his backcourt substitution pattern.

Starter Chris Paul would take a seat at a preordained time. Backup Bobby Jackson would enter like clockwork.

The door then would open for Rasual Butler. Jannero Pargo played when needed. Devin Brown hadn't even arrived yet.

But now that his team gradually is regaining its health, the Hornets' backcourt has an off-beat rhythm.

Such was the case Friday night in the Hornets' 90-83 victory over Minnesota before a crowd of 18,032 inside the Ford Center.

For a stretch in the second quarter, Scott went with a pint-sized, three-guard lineup of Paul, Jackson and Pargo, none of whom stands taller than 6-foot-1.

Scott utilized numerous backcourt combos — Paul-Brown; Butler-Pargo; Paul-Jackson; Paul-Butler; Brown-Butler-Pargo; Jackson-Pargo; Jackson-Pargo-Butler; Jackson-Pargo-Brown; Paul-Pargo-Butler.

"It wasn't planned,” Scott said. "It was just one of those things.”

Those directly involved in this revolving door admit they're not sure what the backcourt combination will be from one minute to the next.

"We were talking about that earlier today, saying, ‘Man, it's going to be interesting,'” Brown said. "However it goes, you just go out there and try to do whatever's best for the team.”

Pargo said: "I just think he (Scott) is going with whoever's playing well. In this league, that's really the best you can ask for is to get an opportunity, even if it's just for a couple minutes to see how it's going.”

Jackson shook his head and said: "Yeah, I'm curious. Coach is experimenting — especially with CP back — trying to get comfortable with which guys can play together.

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