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Hornets notebook: Chandler's blocks adding up; team to don red jerseys Feb. 14

Oklahoman Published: February 3, 2007
Scott using motivational saying to inspire
Hornets coach Byron Scott is tired of watching his team play poorly in every fifth or sixth outing. With the team's playoff window narrowing with each loss, Scott wrote a motivational saying on a dry erase board inside the locker room before Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It read: "Failure is impossible when (our team) intent is clearly understood.”

"He's a coach that believes in this team,” said guard Bobby Jackson. "And what he's saying is if you don't believe in yourself, then you're not going to be successful.

"We've got to understand the position we're in, and if we understand that we're going to go out and play hard.”

Paul monitor: Scott said Chris Paul's minutes would begin to increase sometime during the team's three-game road trip, which begins tonight in Houston. Scott said he wanted to limit Paul's minutes while he recovers from an ankle injury.

"I think each game he'll go up gradually,” Scott said. "A lot of it just depends on when I'm looking at him how he looks. But as he starts getting more comfortable they'll start to go back up.”

Swat patrol: Center Tyson Chandler recorded at least two blocked shots in 11 of the team's 15 games in January. He had games of three and four blocked shots on two occasions and tied a career-high with seven blocked shots in one game. Before Friday's game, Chandler ranked 15th in the NBA with 1.81 blocks per game.

Beating the best: Last Monday, Minnesota stunned Phoenix 121-112 in Minneapolis to snap the Sun's winning streak at 17.

Scott said he saw an upset brewing, especially with it being the last game of a five-game road trip.

"I thought they had a chance,” Scott said. "Road trip; last game; team is sitting there waiting on you; they're getting hyped up because they know you've got a great streak going.

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Chris Paul goes to the basket in front of teammates Desmond Mason, left, and Rasual Butler and Randy Foye of the Timberwolves on Friday. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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