Virtually every injury excuse known to man has been used by NBA teams. Everything from being out with “old” (Tim Duncan) to mysterious “stomach ailments” can be commonplace in today’s basketball action, but the Miami Heat could be breaking ground with this one.
Chris Andersen (body soreness) is listed as doubtful for tonight’s #HEATgame.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 15, 2014
The Miami Heat (via their official Twitter account) declared that center Chris Andersen was doubtful for tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards with “body soreness”. It’s important to note that other outlets have referenced a specific injury for Andersen (in his knee), but this is a new one for me, and one that could be certainly depicted as very coy by the Heat organization.
Andersen did appear when Miami last took the court in a 104-95 loss to Brooklyn on Friday, when he scored 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes, so this is apparently a new issue. In all fairness, the Heat probably won’t need Andersen against an outclassed Washington team, but his likely absence does open the door for one of the best stories in the league, with Greg Oden suiting up for a regular season game.
I’ll be interested to hear if anything comes of this injury reasoning from Miami, but until then, we can all sit back and enjoy.