Chandler’s debut with hometown Lakers a big one
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.
“It’s honestly all love,” Chandler said. “I love this city the way they love me. When you’re homegrown from here and going to high school and all that and you’ve had these same fans, and now you represent the jersey that everybody has been cheering for their entire lives, you kind of become one.” Raptors 114, Kings 105: Kawhi Leonard isn’t making a big deal out of Toronto’s NBA-best 11-1 start. He’s trying to stay focused on the nuances of coach Nick Nurse’s offense. Once that happens, Leonard says, the Raptors will really get rolling.
Leonard had 25 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury, and Toronto beat the Kings in Sacramento.
“This isn’t our ceiling,” Leonard said. “With me not even knowing some of the offense, we have Kyle (Lowry) in the game most of the time. Once I start learning the offense, I can give him a little break and let him get some easier shots.”
Toronto has won five straight since its lone loss this season at Milwaukee on Oct. 29.
Heat: Guard Dwyane Wade missed Wednesday’s win over the Spurs because of personal reasons. That reason has now been made public. Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, announced the arrival of their daughter Thursday. She was born Wednesday via a surrogate.
It’s Wade’s fourth child and Union’s first.