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. The United Center crowd wasn't as welcoming, though, booing the 24-year-old when he was introduced as the Hornets' starter. "I kind of expect to be,” Chandler said before the game when asked if it would disappoint him if he was booed. "Every player gets that, especially when I saw how they booed Ben (Wallace) in Detroit. I didn't win (any) championships here.” •Stojakovic ahead of schedule?: Coach Scott suggested Friday that Peja Stojakovic might be ahead of schedule in his recovery from back surgery. Stojakovic was projected to undergo a 12-week recovery period, the exact 12-week point being March 11. "He's doing really well,” Scott said. "Still, it hasn't even hit the 12-week period yet. But as far as how he feels, and his work ethic right now, and the progress that he's making, he's doing really well. "He seems to be a little more comfortable every day with his running. I haven't seen him do anything yet as far as full speed is concerned. But if anything he might be a little ahead of schedule, I don't know.” •Under the boards: Entering Friday night's game, West was averaging 10.7 rebounds since Feb. 8, bumping his season average to 8.8. "This is the time of the year where your play has to be going up,” West said. "You have to be increasing your productivity. I think collectively we have to be getting better. That means numbers, the way you close games, the way you start games, the way we come out at halftime, everything.” •This and that: Linton Johnson, a Chicago native, needed 50 tickets to Friday night's game...Former Hornet PJ Brown missed Friday's game with a left knee contusion. ... Rasual Butler became the second Hornet in the past three games to be posterized. Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over him in the second quarter. By Darnell Mayberry
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