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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pelicans' Ryan Anderson scheduled to get re-evaluated later this month

By on 2/15/2014 06:00:00 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans enter the All-Star break following a 102-98 victory of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The win improved the Pelicans to 23-29, but are still in last place in the Southwest Division.  The Pelicans have been playing without star forward Ryan Anderson, who has been out the last six weeks with a herniated disc.  He is scheduled for another medical evaluation later this month.

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As reported by John Reid at, Anderson was injured in a game against the Boston Cetlics on January 3 when he collided with Celtics' forward Gerald Wallace.  Although Anderson never lost any feeling in his extremities, he had severe pain from his elbow to the tip of his fingers, hospitalizing him for three days.

"At beginning of the year, I got my last MRI and it said the disc wasn’t healing. But my symptoms are getting a lot better. I don’t feel that pain anymore. The fact that I’m feeling better is a good sign, but I’m going to get re-checked and have another MRI."
The injury is expected to keep Anderson out until March and possibly through the rest of the season.

 "I want to be really conservative with this because it is a pretty serious thing. I’m really waiting until the next check up, so I can get cleared and maybe start doing a little bit more. At least get back in some kind of shape."
Anthony Davis has been starting at power forward in Anderson's absence and is averaging 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.  Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca, Luke Babbit and Greg Stiemsma have all seen additional minutes with Anderson sidelined.

Anderson is in his sixth season out of California.  In 22 games this season, he is averaging a career high 19.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor and 95.2 percent from the free throw line.


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