Highlights from Byron Scotts chat with local media members after Fridays practice in the Alario Center:
Q: How did the team look in the final practice before Game 1?
Scott: This is probably the best practice weve had in about a month. The guys were really focused and the intensity level in the scrimmage was very good. I thought our (backup) team did a really good of emulating some of the things Dallas does. Hopefully thats a good sign.
Q: A lot of people are predicting a Dallas victory in this series, and the Hornets are starting to take on that underdog role again, after the teams in the West had been chasing you all season. Is that a good thing for your team?
Scott: I think its a good thing, the fact that people have been doubting us all season long. Out of seven people that Ive seen talking about the series, I think six of them had us losing this series. Were back to the underdog role, which is kind of cool, because weve thrived in that role all season long.
Q: How much can you milk an underdog role?
Scott: [grins] Heck, I can milk it all the way to an NBA title! [laughs] Well see.
Q: Whats the toughest thing to adjust to from the regular season to the playoffs?
Scott: I dont know what the hardest thing is, but the biggest difference is youre playing for a whole lot more now. You have a lot more at stake, which means the level of basketball is going to be a lot higher. To me, its going to be a lot more fun. Youre playing against the best competition in basketball. If youre a real competitor, youre looking forward to that.