OKLAHOMA CITY – Tyson Chandler played in a game Thursday night for the first time in 10 days, and by all accounts it was a successful showing by the Dallas Mavericks’ center.
In 33 minutes during the Mavs’ 104-89 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Center, Chandler produced 10 points and 13 rebounds while picking up his 24th double-double of the season. It was the 14-year veteran’s first game since he sprained his left ankle during a Feb. 9 game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
At times Thursday, Chandler felt his left ankle betrayed him and wouldn’t allow him to do some of the things he was accustomed to doing.
"It restricted my movement a little bit, especially early in the game,’’ Chandler said. "Some plays I would have made offensively and defensively and on the glass, I felt like I was kind of pushing through a lot of stuff, which is expected after coming off the injury and then all the time off.
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"But I felt like I continued to get better as long as the pain and stuff like that continued to go away.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle said before the game he was going to monitor Chandler’s minutes. Afterwards, Carlisle walked away impressed with the warrior-like performance by Chandler, who grabbed seven of the Mavs’ 14 offensive rebounds.
"He seemed to be OK,’’ Carlisle said. "I was watching him closely and there didn’t seem to be any issues during the game.
"So we’ll get him iced down and get him rested up and ready to go tomorrow.’’
Chandler and the Mavs (36-20) will host the Houston Rockets (36-17) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.