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Gamethread: Herbert Jones draws first NBA start in Pelicans-Bulls matchup

Head coach Willie Green aiming for more defense against Chicago

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With Josh Hart unavailable for Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, Herbert Jones will be in the New Orleans Pelicans starting lineup, alongside Devonte’ Graham, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas.

Jones has quickly become a fan favorite for the effort he displays on the court. Teammates quickly coined the term, “Not on Herb,” during informal September workouts in Nashville.

The rookie forward out of Alabama should be of great assistance in trying to slow down the Bulls attack as Chicago’s starting lineup is filled with potent scorers on the wing in Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.

For more on tonight’s matchup, please give our preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) at Chicago Bulls (1-0)

When: October 22, 7:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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