Chan­dler’s de­but with home­town Lak­ers a big one

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

Tyson Chan­dler sa­vored the ova­tions when he first took the court in down­town Los An­ge­les. The cheers at the end were even sweeter.

The Lak­ers’ new­est big man got to rep­re­sent his home­town Wed­nes­day night for the first time in his 18 NBA sea­sons, and he came up big­ger and bet­ter than even he ex­pected in a hard-fought win over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves in which he pro­vided de­fense, re­bound­ing and hard picks in 23 min­utes.

Chan­dler’s nine re­bounds in­cluded two enor­mous of­fen­sive boards in the last minute. He then con­tested Der­rick Rose’s fi­nal 3-point at­tempt, forc­ing a miss that es­sen­tially sealed the win.

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Cava­liers: Start­ing point guard Ge­orge Hill will miss at least two weeks with a sprained shoul­der, said a per­son who spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity. Hill was kept out of Wed­nes­day’s loss to Ok­la­homa City be­cause of sore­ness. Hill’s set­back is an­other shot to the Cavs, who are an NBA-worst 1-10 and will be with­out All-Star for­ward Kevin Love for at least an­other five weeks.

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