Tyson Chandler Injury: Updates on Suns Star's Shoulder and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Phoenix Suns' Tyson Chandler poses for a photograph during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler was nursing a strained right shoulder he suffered against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 19. However, he's ready to return.

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Chandler Active vs. Nets

Thursday, Feb. 25

Chandler will be available to play against Brooklyn, per Matt Petersen of the team's official website.

Chandler Remains a Top-Tier Defender

Chandler is a double-double threat anytime he steps on the floor and one of the team's primary rim protectors. His impact goes beyond the box score, as he sets the tone for the entire defense and alters plenty of shots he doesn’t actually block.

Chandler helped the Dallas Mavericks win an NBA title in 2011 as a defensive anchor down low, and the hope in Phoenix when it signed him this offseason was he would do the same and lead the Suns to the postseason. Thus far, he is averaging 5.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.