Chandler will remain in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Thunder, Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group reports. On the heels of an ugly loss to the Cavs over the weekend, coach Luke Walton inserted Chandler into the starting five for Tuesday's game against the Bulls. While the veteran's numbers weren't overly impressive -- eight points, three rebounds, one block -- Walton praised his defensive intensity to begin the game. Chandler, who played 26 minutes Tuesday, will again start over JaVale McGee, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will get the nod at shooting guard over Josh Hart.
Chandler tallied eight points (3-3 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block across 26 minutes in the Lakers' 107-100 win over the Bulls on Tuesday. Chandler was one of two new entrants into the starting five -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being the other -- and he responded with a solid performance over what was his highest allotment of minutes since Dec. 5. The 36-year-old has proven that he's still capable of serviceable contributions on both the scoreboard and the boards on multiple occasions this season, so he remains a viable option for Luke Walton as a starter if the Lakers coach opts to stick with Tuesday's version of the starting five for the moment.
Chandler will start as expected Tuesday against the Bulls, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. With the Lakers losing seven of the past 10 games, coach Luke Walton seems to be looking for a spark. In starting Chandler over JaVale McGee, coach Walton pointed to Chandler's vocal leadership -- something that hasn't been as prominent with the starters since LeBron has been sidelined. It's not clear if this move will be permanent.
Chandler is likely to start Tuesday against the Bulls, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Amidst seven losses over the past 10 games, it appears coach Luke Walton is planning on making some changes. Chandler has played a combined nine minutes over the past two contests, so this role change would be significant.
Chandler (back) played 16 minutes off the bench and finished with zero points (0-1 FG), four rebounds and two steals Tuesday in the Lakers' 127-101 win over the Warriors. After sitting out the Lakers' previous game Sunday against the Grizzlies with back spasms, Chandler returned to action in his familiar backup role, this time working behind Ivica Zubac while normal starter JaVale McGee (illness) remained sidelined. There probably won't be room in the rotation for one of Zubac or Chandler once McGee returns -- perhaps as soon as Thursday in Sacramento -- and at this point, it appears Zubac may have inched ahead of the veteran on the depth chart. While Chandler is a rugged, experienced post defender, Zubac's impressive production over the past three contests (17.7 points, 8.7 boards and 2.7 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game) might be too significant for coach Luke Walton to overlook.
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