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.”
Cavaliers: Starting point guard George Hill could miss two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, the latest setback for the Cavs, who have are 1-10 and are expected to be without All-Star forward Kevin Love for at least another five weeks after foot surgery. Cleveland is also missing forward Sam Dekker, who sprained his ankle and is out for a month.
Thunder 98, Rockets 80: Paul George scored 20 points and Oklahoma City ( 7-4) beat Houston (4-6) without point guard Russell Westbrook for their seventh straight victory. Westbrook missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. George also had 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals.