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Chris Andersen Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Forward's Shoulder and Return

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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chris Andersen is dealing with a shoulder injury and will likely miss multiple games. 

Continue for updates.


Andersen Out Indefinitely

Saturday, March 12

The Grizzlies announced Andersen is out indefinitely, per ESPN.com's J.A. Adande.


Andersen's Absence Impacts Grizzlies' Post Depth 

Andersen, 37, was averaging just 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game in seven appearances with the Miami Heat this season before he was traded to the Grizzlies, where his minutes increased. In Memphis, he has averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in nine games. 

One cause for his lack of minutes or appearances in Miami was a knee injury that kept him sidelined. This latest injury will be a concern for the Grizzlies, who acquired Andersen in the hope that he could provide depth on the block while center Marc Gasol was out with a broken right foot and while Brandan Wright worked his way back into regular playing time after returning from knee surgery.

With Andersen out, JaMychal Green is likely to see even more time on the block, while Wright's minutes will likely increase as well. And the team could bring back Ryan Hollins, who played well in his three separate stints with the team this season.

 

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