Ryan Anderson Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star's Knee and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Jan 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) during their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Pelicans beat the Raptors 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

In the space of roughly six minutes of game action, the New Orleans Pelicans lost not only Anthony Davis but also Ryan Anderson on Saturday night against the Miami Heat. He's currently dealing with an MCL sprain in his right knee.

Continue for updates.

MRI Confirms MCL Sprain for Anderson

Sunday, Feb. 22

"Ryan Anderson underwent an MRI this morning and has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee," the Pelicans announced in a press release on Sunday. "The injury took place at the 9:41 mark during the second quarter of last night’s game against the Miami HEAT. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks."

Anderson Sprains Knee vs. Heat

Saturday, Feb. 21

First, the Pelicans announced that Davis suffered a right shoulder injury. Then New Orleans revealed that Anderson sprained his right knee and would be unable to return. David Aldridge of TNT reported that Anderson would have an MRI on Sunday.

Anderson was jostling inside for a rebound when Mario Chalmers landed on his right ankle, which caused Anderson's leg to bend awkwardly.

Coupled with Davis' injury, Anderson's knee sprain could be a massive blow to the Pelicans. The latter entered Saturday averaging 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. His ability to stretch the defense has really helped New Orleans offensively.

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Although the Pelicans are currently outside of the Western Conference playoff picture, only two games separate them from the eighth-place Oklahoma City Thunder.

At full strength, New Orleans could potentially close that gap. But without Davis and Anderson, that task becomes nearly impossible.