New Orleans Hornets center Tyson Chandler was sidelined for Game 5 against Denver on Wednesday night with a swollen left ankle.
Chandler has been hampered by the injury all series, averaging just 3.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Hornets coach Byron Scott said the ankle wasn't 100 percent heading into the series and that with each game it's gotten worse.
Chandler missed 15 straight games in the regular season because of the ankle and returned for the season finale.
New Orleans was to start Hilton Armstrong in his place as the Hornets, down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, tried to stave off elimination. Scott didn't rule out Chandler's return if the series is extended.
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