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I mentioned this in passing in the last post, but it was readily evident during yesterday's game that Tyson Chandler's sore wrist is causing him trouble He appeared to be in pain after every dunk, rebound, and tumble to the floor, and while that padded zappin' glove he's now wearing should help him avoid further injury, it's certainly not helping his play. We saw him drop a pass or two and bungle some inside finishes thanks to his heavily wrapped left hand. From the sound of things, that's the way things are going to be for the foreseeable future. Here's a tweet from Steve Popper:
Tyson Chandler MRI 3 days ago revealed "a lot of problems" beyond deep bone bruise - will keep playing
And here's one from Frank Isola:
Tyson Chandler, playing with a pad on his injured left wrist and hand, says he will play through the pain for remainder of season
That sounds rough. I have no idea what other "problems" beyond the bone bruise would show up on MRI, but I guess they're not the type that would benefit significantly from immediate medical intervention or time off the floor. Is that a real thing? Perhaps this is one of those things that only surgery can fix, but said surgery can wait until the offseason? I haven't a clue.*
Whatever the case may be, I suppose it's a good thing that Chandler feels healthy enough to keep competing. He just might not be quite such a sure thing to finish plays (and he's been just about the surest thing in the league so far) with that sore wrist and the massive contraption now encasing it. We appreciate the grit, Tyson.
Chandler said it shouldn't require offseason surgery, but it will require plenty of rest.
And I guess they've determined that rest can wait until the offseason? The whole thing makes me a little uneasy, but I guess we'll see how it goes. In the mean time, I wonder if they'd consider putting suction cups on the wrist brace or something.