In 18 minutes, Theo (God bless 'em) didn't pull down a single rebound. Both Nazr and Tyson were 1 of 4, but Nazr still looks really off with his touch. Outside of Chandlers' jumper (!) at the top of the free throw circle, I felt he was best suited against Orlando's tall front court.
We all know Chandler isn't perfect. But, as his injuries have healed, there have been less moans & groans about losing of Okafor, and more comments about Chandler's energy and (most importantly) his strong defensive presence. He moves his feet, he sets hard screens that Emeka never had a passion for, and changes shots in a way that no other center that played for the Bobcats has been able to do. Ratliff is also pretty stout on the defensive end, but Howard just seemed to engulf him in game one. When Chandler was out there, it didn't look like Howard was being guarded by a "tall" forward; it was center vs. center. On the flip side, the reserves may be more susceptible to giving up a lead (or worse yet, falling even further behind) if Ratliff or Mohammed was the anchor for the 2nd unit.
Chandler began this season as the starting center. Hasn't he played his way back into the starting lineup, or is he best suited to provide defensive support for the 2nd unit?