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Bulls Center Hurt in Game 4 Win

April 30, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler had to be carried off the floor after spraining his right ankle with 26.3 seconds left in Sunday’s Game 4 of the opening-round playoff series against the Miami Heat.

A team spokesman said Chandler had a mild to moderate sprain, was to have X-rays and will be re-evaluted Monday. His availbility for Game 5 on Tuesday was uncertain.

Chandler was hurt underneath the basket as the teams battled for a rebound. Miami missed three shots before Chicago’s Chris Duhon came away with the ball.

Chandler stayed on the floor, writhing in pain after play was stopped, and then had to be carried off the floor minutes later.

Chandler, who is the Bulls’ backup with Michael Sweetney starting, scored one point and had three rebounds in 21 minutes Sunday as the Bulls beat the Heat 93-87 to even the best-of-7 series at 2-2.

He left the Bulls’ locker room riding on a cart.

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