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“Birdman” Chris Andersen questionable for Game 5; Ray Allen also questionable

May 27, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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Chris Andersen played a key role for Miami in Games 2 and 3 against the Pacers — he put up 29 minutes in Game 2 and has been the Heat the big man battling Roy Hibbert inside. It worked, Miami won those two games.

But he suffered a thigh bruise in the course of Game 3 and was a surprise late scratch from Game 4. Not that it mattered, Miami spaced the floor with Rashard Lewis and Chris Bosh and just torched the Pacers.

It looks like the Heat will be without Andersen for Game 5 as well, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN. The game is taking place Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

If Miami gets another game like the last one from Chris Bosh, if Indiana is settling for jump shots then expecting help from the referees again, it’s not going to matter if Andersen plays.

Expect Ray Allen to go. Just a hunch.

Win Game 5 on the road — which will not be easy, Indiana should be desperate, then again they are hard to predict this postseason — and Andersen and Allen will have more than a week to rest before the Finals kick off June 5. Dwyane Wade could use that time off, too.

Expect the Heat to be focused, they usually are when rest is on the line.

  1. sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Serge says…God & Ice…

    And some TLC too…

  2. antistratfordian - May 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    You’re not really getting a break against Miami unless LeBron is questionable.

  3. brokerhenry - May 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Prediction for game 5: The Pacers will come out too aggressive and will be called for many offensive fouls. The Heat will play trapping and aggressive defense all game long. LeBron James and D-Wade are going to the basket 85% of the time with the single minded focus of getting Hibbert, Mahinmi and West in foul trouble. The Pacers will not be able to keep up. Miami closes the series and get rest.

  4. ravenswhat - May 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Oh Lebron is playing? Who cares then.

    • goraidersgospurs - May 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      You wouldt have said that last year if Ray Allen was out for game 6 against the Spurs!!!

  5. nygiants714 - May 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Ray Allen has bad hips****not has a bad hips lmfao

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