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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-21

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-21

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-21
Here one day, gone the next. That's how Thunder fans must have felt after hearing news that a "local" favorite, Tyson Chandler, was coming back to Oklahoma City -- only to leave again after he failed his physical.

Dealt from New Orleans in exchange for Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin, Chandler was expected to be the Thunder's center of the future. Instead, a severe case of turf toe scuttled the deal.

"We were pleased to add Tyson to the Thunder roster," OKC general manager Sam Presti said. "During the course of the physical examination and outside consultations some questions arose that gave us cause for concern. We felt that this course of action was the best for our organization."

Chandler was part of the Hornets team that spent two years in OKC after relocating because of Hurricane Katrina. Presti said that losing what seemed to be such a perfect fit won't force OKC to shortcut the building process.

"We're always open-minded," he said. "At the same time we're not going to allow this situation to affect future decisions. We have to continue to be methodical as we go through the process of growing our team and growing our organization."

SUNS 140, THUNDER 118: The Thunder tried to make a game of it in the second half at Phoenix, but the resurgent Suns had too much firepower even without injured All-Star Amare Stoudemire. Leandro Barbosa stepped into the starting lineup and scored a career-high 41 points Friday night, as Phoenix hit 140 for the third consecutive game.

Kevin Durant scored 35 for the Thunder, who have dropped four straight to fall to 13-42. OKC actually had six score in double figures in the run-and-gun affair. Russell Westbrook followed Durant with 19 points. Jeff Green (10 points) had a game-high 14 rebounds.

Jason Richardson added 34 points for the Suns and Shaquille O'Neal had 22. Phoenix is the first team in 18 years to score at least 140 in three consecutive games.

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