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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heat's Chris Andersen out in win over Pacers

By on 5/27/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers on Monday by the score of 102-90 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat won without the presence of power forward Chris Andersen, who was sidelined with a thigh contusion. Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem saw the majority of the minutes at power forward in Andersen's absence.

Ira Winderman, who covers the Heat for the South Florida SunSentinel, tweeted the following prior to the game on Andersen's status.
There was concern entering Game 3 without Andersen, as he was outplaying Roy Hibbert throughout the series. Hibbert had 16 points, but just two rebounds in Game 2. But he was held scoreless in 22 minutes in Game 3, as Chris Bosh dominated him, scoring 25 points and added six rebounds.

Andersen should be considered questionable at this time for Game 5 on Wednesday in Indiana.  Andersen is averaging 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game this post season.  He averaged 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game during the regular season.

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