REPORT: Tyson Chandler out for Rockets vs. Suns with illness
Chandler, who primarily serves as backup for starting center Clint Capela, also missed their previous game against the Toronto Raptors due to an unspecified illness.
Tyson Chandler (illness) out for Rockets vs. Suns tonight, D'Antoni said. House returns to starting lineup with McLemore coming off the bench.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 7, 2019
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle initially reported that Chandler was cleared to play against the Suns, so it appears he was a late scratch due to his condition.
Chandler has only played sparingly for the Rockets this 2019-20 campaign, averaging only 9.1 minutes per game — just enough to give Capela a breather. He is averaging 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds, all while attempting less than one field goal per contest.
The 37-year-old Chandler, who has won one NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, has played in 18 games for the Rockets so far and has started in four. He has put up double-digit scoring only once this season, scoring 10 points in their loss against the Milwaukee Bucks during their season opener.
It remains to be seen how long will Chandler be sidelined for the Rockets, who are 14-7 on the season. Fortunately for the team, they will get Danuel House back against the Suns to give their bench some much needed depth.