Chris Andersen Injury: Updates on Heat Forward's Thigh and Return

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 27, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Sunday, June 8

Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops provides an update on Chris Anderson's status:

Updates from Tuesday, June 3

The Heat provide an update on Andersen's status:

Updates from Friday, May 30

Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post provides an update on Chris Andersen's status for Game 6:

Updates from Wednesday, May 28

Brian Windhorst of ESPN provided the latest news on Chris Andersen's status for a potential series-clincher against the Indiana Pacers:

The Heat's official Twitter feed has bad news regarding Andersen:

Original Text

Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen was ruled out of Monday's Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers after suffering a bruise to his left thigh in Saturday's Game 3 win, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter:

Although the veteran big man has scored just six total points since his 14-point outburst in Miami's Game 1 loss to Indiana, he's been a critical factor for the defending champions on the boards and defensively in the paint. 

The 35-year-old has combined to pull down 19 rebounds in Miami's previous two victories.

The Miami Herald columnist Joseph Goodman explains Andersen's underrated impact:

And there's no doubt Andersen's play has sparked the Heat's resurgence on the defensive side of the ball, as noted by head coach Erik Spoelstra ahead of Game 4, per Heat beat writer Ira Winderman:

At 6'10", 245 pounds, Andersen has the size and strength to make life difficult for Roy Hibbert, David West, Luis Scola and the rest of Indiana's bigs. Therefore, his recovery is sure to leave a mark on this series.

Although Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat players will certainly miss "Birdman's" presence and energy, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh leading the way, the Heat will still have an excellent shot to hold serve at home and take a 3-1 series lead back to Indiana on Monday.

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