Jackson is back in the saddle?
As the Hornets continue fighting to clinch a playoff spot, Hornets coach Byron Scott
on Friday suggested he would strongly consider altering his rotation, and forward Marc Jackson
likely will stand the biggest gain from any upcoming changes.
"This is a very important time,” Scott said. "And the one thing we need from guys coming off the bench is experience.”
Jackson, a seven-year veteran, has been a part of playoff teams in three of the past five seasons. But after averaging 10.4 points and 23.5 minutes in December, Jackson has rarely played since starting power forward David West
returned from elbow surgery on Jan. 19. He's averaged just 5.5 minutes in only seven games since, but Scott stayed true to his word Friday, inserting Jackson against the Bulls at the start of the second quarter.
"We've got 14 very, very important games this month, and we can't have the mistakes that we've had in the past,” Scott said.
"So the rotation might be cut a little short. And the guys who have playoff experience, like a Marc Jackson who can help us out, his role might change a little bit this month because of the fact that we need guys to come in there and not be green.”
Jackson is averaging 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 34 games this season.
•Chandler returns: Tyson Chandler
was greeted by 15 media members during a pregame press conference as he made his return to Chicago on Friday night. Chandler played his first five seasons with the Bulls after they drafted the 7-foot-1 center with the second overall pick in 2001.
"It feels good (to be back),” Chandler said before the game. "But it's kind of one of those games where I think it's kind of too much surrounding it. All I really want to do is get the win. I couldn't care less how it turns out as long as we get the W.”
Shortly before tip-off, the Bulls mascot, Benny
, walked up to Chandler on the court and gave him a hug.