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Tyson Chandler overcomes street tacos, back to chase Suns’ record


NBA: Miami Heat at Phoenix Suns Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Chandler is playing some damn good basketball. For five straight games the veteran center of the Phoenix Suns has pulled down 15 or more rebounds. The impressive streak was paused when he missed Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Few things could disrupt Chandler voracious appetite for pulling down boards. One of those things is his voracious appetite for street tacos.

Fear not, Suns faithful! Chandler has bested his bout with illness and is expected to play tonight in Phoenix’s road matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Suns hosted the Cavs just 11 days ago, with Chandler scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a 120-116 loss. When Phoenix gets another crack at the defending champions tonight, #4 will get a shot at tying a Suns franchise record.

Chandler collects 15 rebounds tonight and he will become one of two players in team history to hit that mark in six straight games. Jim Fox set that record in 1969, year one of Suns basketball. It’s gone largely unnoticed, but Chandler is doing some impressive things this season. He’s averaging 12.1 rebounds in his 16th season. Only two other players in NBA history have cleaned the glass at that clip in year 16 or later, Moses Malone and Charles Barkley.

Tip between the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers from Quicken Loans Arena is scheduled for 4pm PT.

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