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November 23, 2009

Chandler says he's on the mend

Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler did some light shooting at practice Monday and said he anticipates being able to play Wednesday versus the Toronto Raptors.

Chandler has missed the last two games and the second half of the road game in Philadelphia after suffering back spasms. He tried to get loose in pre-game warmups Sunday, but about five minutes into that process he was too stiff and sore to continue.

The plan was for Chandler to go light today to avoid aggravating the injury, then push some in practice Tuesday to test whether he's ready to play. The Raptors have a particularly mobile front line, between athletic power forward Chris Bosh and long-range shooting center Andrea Bargnani, so there will be a premium on moving well enough to guard big men outside the lane.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM | Permalink


i know we aren't winning a lot right now, but thank god brown benched nazr last year into motivating him into playing like he's fresh outta KY. this injury and the whole okafor for chandler deal would be a disaster if it weren't for that.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 23, 2009 1:45:35 PM

I'm hoping the win last night gets this team motivated...I think this is still a good, solid playoff team...they just hit an early season slump. If they can claw a few wins out that they maybe shouldn't over the next few (Friday with Cleveland in town and next week against Boston) while winning the ones they should, they can get back into this thing. They were clearly a better team than Indiana, and right now they're sitting in the 8 spot!

Posted by: justin | Nov 23, 2009 2:12:08 PM

I know getting Stephen Jackson was the headliner for the bobcats trade, but I think dealing Radman to open up minutes for Derrick Brown was the underrated part of that deal. Brown is playing rock solid in limited time, and I think he's obviously going to get better as the season progresses. He's going to have rookie moments, but I'd rather deal with his growing pains than watch Radman get killed playing out of position.

Posted by: David | Nov 24, 2009 1:20:49 AM

I say we have merit pay in the NBA. You get a base salary and a bonus for free throw percentage, FG percentage, 3 point percentage, rebounds, assists, shot blocks and, especially, wins. These guys don't care half the time whether they win or lose. I see more competition at the YMCA. Put the money on the line every game and watch the fireworks...."Oh, this is really tough"..."we're fighting back from adversity"..."Oh, Chandler might play after resting his back." Just put the money incentives in and see these guys make more shots, be more productive and have better games. Forget the 3 of 11 from the field and 3 of 5 from the line....

Posted by: ronny brown | Nov 24, 2009 8:43:54 AM

What does it tell us when we are 2nd lowest in the league in score and have the 2nd highest assist to turnover rating? And, we are below 70% overall free throws.

Is this poor guard play in that we are not finding the open man? Or, are we just one of the worst shooting NBA teams. We hit over 100 points in a game recently, so maybe this will change.

Posted by: Jamie Bush | Nov 24, 2009 8:55:16 AM

anybody know if felton has any restrictions from being traded because of him signing the qualifier? something similar to base year status? if hes not I would say his movement is critical. we could move him to a team in need of PG help (philly with diop for dalembert?jersey with ajinca for alston?)and get some value out of him. golden state seems to be our BFF trade wise so call them and add azabuki and wright for felton and ajinca. get it done rod higgins, chop chop.

Posted by: brendan | Nov 24, 2009 10:17:49 AM

i'm with david on opening up minutes for brown. i'm not with the people calling for felton to get moved.....everyone complains about HIS turnovers and don't note that he had 6 assists and no turnovers while murray was 3 for 11 with 4 turnovers and no assists. i'm not saying felton is playing good overall, but when we've won, he's been a big reason and when we've lost he's been a big reason. its more critical to get him going than to trade him. nobody is gonna give us somebody else that's an equal replacement. be realistic.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 24, 2009 12:34:59 PM

Felton is slow. Point Blank. Along with Augustine. They are slow moving point guards. As soon as they find a trade for Felton, Diaw, etc.. they bring in Iverson and another PF. They need to sell tickets and win or Charlotte will lose the Bobcats.

Go Catz............

Posted by: Dherac | Nov 24, 2009 1:44:03 PM

Dherac... Slow? Really? They've both been quite bad as of late, but slow is one thing that CANNOT describe either of these guards. Speed is actually Felton's strongest assets. I can only see you calling them slow if you are referring to how long it takes them to get a play set up. If you've ever listened to a game on the radio, the most repeated phrase you'll hear is, "Felton with the ball... Stationary dribble at the top of the key..." Which is quite often followed by, "Bobcats better do something quick! Shot clock's winding down!"

Posted by: EricH | Nov 24, 2009 2:12:54 PM

hilarious.....felton slow?! andre miller fan in the house?

anybody else bothered by how weird the new rims affect shots? my brain is still adjusting to seeing shots rim out in awkward ways. i don't like it.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 24, 2009 3:22:08 PM

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