NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Hornets starting center Tyson Chandler had to be helped to the locker room after his right knee buckled and he fell to the floor writhing in pain during the second quarter of New Orleans' home game against the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Hornets spokesman Scott Hall said the initial diagnosis is a hyperextended knee and that Chandler would not return to the game. Chandler will be day to day pending further evaluation.
Chandler was starting to run back to the Hornets' defensive end after a missed runner by Peja Stojakovic when he nearly tripped over a couple of players, including Stojakovic, as he turned up floor. He then took one more awkward step before collapsing.
Hilton Armstrong came in to replace him.
Chandler has been a force inside for the Hornets since the middle of last season, regularly getting double-doubles in points and rebounds.
This season, he was averaging 11.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as the Hornets got off to a franchise-best 9-2 start.

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