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

February 21st, 2015 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

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.

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 will 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.

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.

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