Ethan J. Skolnick, who covers the Miami Heat for Turner Sports, tweeted the following about Andersen,
Chris Andersen (back stiffness) out for the game. So we may see Haslem.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) December 25, 2013
Andersen had only two points and a rebound before leaving the game. Udonis Haslem played nine minutes and had two points, a rebound and an assist. But he also had three personal fouls and was relatively ineffective. Rashard Lewis, who was the only other power forward off the bench, had only three points, on 1-of-5 shooting from the floor.
Andersen is in his 12th season out of Blinn College. In 27 games this season, he is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. In 551 career games, Andersen is averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, in nearly 18 minutes per game. He is currently listed as day-to-day, so there is uncertainty about his return on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.