Miami Heat News: Chris Andersen Aiming For Tuesday Return

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The “Birdman” might be back in flight soon after all.

Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel reports that Chris Andersen will likely make his return from a sprained ankle for Tuesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Andersen himself made it clear that his return was imminent before the Miami Heat’s victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night:

“That’s what the prognosis was, was two weeks and rest and strengthening it back up. I’m close. I’m pretty close.”

The “Birdman” has missed nine consecutive games since initially spraining his right ankle on Nov. 23 versus the Charlotte Hornets. In his absence, the Heat have struggled in the rebounding and blocks department. Miami ranks dead last in rebounds with just 35.5 boards per game, while also ranking at the bottom of the league in swats with just 3.5 blocked shots per contest.

The 36-year-old big commented on the impact that he has on the team:

“It’s a different style that I bring. I bring intensity to it. It’s just my skill set that I bring. It is upsetting that I’m not out there. But the style of play I present, I play one way, and that’s wide open. So I’m gonna get hurt sometimes. It’s a contact sport.”

Before taking on the Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, the Heat will return home to face the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night. Andersen likely won’t return for that game because the Heat would like for him to engage in at least one contact practice before returning. Miami does not hold another contact practice until Monday.

The 12-year veteran has averaged 2.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per in nine games this season.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.