Bobcats lose C Chandler to hip, elbow injuries

Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler hurt his hip and left

elbow when he crashed to the floor in the second quarter of

Wednesday’s game against Chicago and didn’t return.

Chandler tried to grab a deflected pass along the sideline when

he collided with Chicago’s James Johnson and crashed to the floor

on his left elbow and side.

An X-ray on his elbow was negative.

The injury happened not long after Bobcats coach Larry Brown

said he faced a “dilemma” over whether to play his regulars in

the final regular-season game. While Charlotte was locked into the

seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls entered the game

in a race with Toronto for the final playoff spot.