NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Hornets starting center Tyson Chandler hyperextended his right knee during the second quarter of New Orleans' 95-88 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Chandler was on crutches after the game, but smiled and said X-rays showed no ligament tears or broken bones. He added he may even return for the Hornets' next game on Wednesday night at home against Indiana.
``I'm feeling good,'' Chandler said. ``I'm hoping not to miss anything.''
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. He then took one more awkward step before collapsing, writhing in pain.
Trainers helped him to the locker room.
``I stepped on something and my whole leg went backwards and then it went numb and I thought: 'Oh god, I either tore something or I broke something.'''
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 as the Hornets got off to a franchise-best 9-2 start.
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