Mohammed, Diop held out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler is playing in just his fourth game since Christmas.

After coach Larry Brown said before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers that Chandler wouldn't play, he dressed and checked in midway through the first quarter when starter Theo Ratliff picked up his second foul.

Chandler was first sidelined after re-injuring his troublesome left foot on Dec. 22. He missed six weeks, returned for three games and then had missed seven straight.

Nazr Mohammed sat out again with severe back spasms, but Brown said he met with a back specialist and could return next week.

DeSagana Diop remained out. He had some swelling after working out some Thursday as he recovers from a right knee injury.