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“Birdman” Chris Andersen still not fully participating in Heat practices

Jun 3, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

Miami went through a practice at their training facility Tuesday before hopping on a plane to the city where the women all hate Charles Barkley

The Birdman Chris Andersen did not practice with them, but is traveling to San Antonio with the crew. Here is what the Heat posted on Instagram:

Before taking off for San Antonio later this afternoon – your @MiamiHEAT went through a morning practice today inside @AmericanAirlinesArena. Chris Andersen (who was held out of yesterday’s practice) was limited to conditioning today.

Andersen had a bruised thigh that forced him to sit out a game against the Indiana Pacers — a series where Andersen’s size was desperately needed. Or at least so everyone thought, turns out the Pacers couldn’t keep up with the small Heat lineups.

The Heat are being cautious, expect Andersen to play in Game 1 — he was good enough to go in Game 6 against Indiana, putting up nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes on the court. He’ll be fine after a week off.

  1. HotHotHeat - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Anderson will be a big reason why the Heat win a third consecutive title.

  2. miamatt - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    He was fantastic in game 6 against the Pacers, no doubt this is simply precautionary. Come Thursday, there won’t be any more opportunities to rest.

  3. antistratfordian - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Birdman has been playing out of his mind in the playoffs this year. People may not realize it, but he leads the league in Total Rebound Percentage in the playoffs. He’s averaging 12.5 rebounds per 36 minutes this year, compared to 9.0 last year.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Stats are the bottom line and you always utilize them to prove your points. The Heat will need all the help they can get as the Spurs are on a mission to right last year’s wrong.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Wins and losses are the bottom line. The use of data in a forum like this (or any forum) are necessary to make certain points – hunches and feelings aren’t anywhere near as persuasive.

      • savvybynature - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Lying with statistics is easy though, that was his point.
        Cherry picking stats isn’t any more credible than a feeling or hunch. It’s much easier (and probably more gratifying for a fan) to use stats for confirmation bias rather than to objectively parse them to produce meaningful data.

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