Hornets cautious not to overlook GrizzliesWith their next two games against Memphis, the NBA's worst team, the Hornets are cautious not to overlook the Grizzlies heading into tonight's game at the Ford Center. Before Friday night's games, the Grizzlies had lost four straight and were just 3-21 on the road. The Hornets, meanwhile, are focused on not having a letdown after winning seven of their past eight home games and pulling within a game and a half of the playoffs. "We definitely feel like they're make-up ground games for us,” said forward David West. "We got to come out and take advantage of the opportunity. We've got two out of three at home in this next week, so we've definitely got to take care of home.” The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies by three points in the teams' first meeting of the season on Dec. 22 at the Ford Center. Grizzlies center Pau Gasol gave the Hornets fits, scoring 28 points with nine rebounds in only his fifth game of the season because of a foot injury. Before Friday night, Gasol, who is averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds, had scored 29 points or more in four of his last five games. "Gasol is playing great, and (forward Mike) Miller is shooting the crap out of it,” said Hornets coach Byron Scott. "That's enough. Those are big concerns, because you've got a post up guy that can flat out get it done if you don't double him then you got a guy who can flat out make shots in Mike Miller. "We can't leave Tyson (Chandler) or anybody down there on Gasol by himself, so we're going to double. But we've got to make sure our rotations are really good. That's the bottom line.” •No rest for the weary: Coach Scott held practice Friday despite the team's back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday. The team usually has an off day after back-to-backs, but Scott said he will keep the practice schedule stringent for at least the next few weeks. "Until I feel that we can take a day off and come in and be ready to play,” Scott says. •Paul update: Guard Chris Paul, who injured his right triceps muscle during Thursday's 109-101, double-overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks, downplayed his injury Friday. "I think I should be all right by (Saturday),” Paul said. Paul received treatment on the arm at Friday's practice and didn't participate in the final session of team drills. By Darnell Mayberry
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