According to John Reid of NOLA.com, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson will be out at least two months with a herniated disc. The injury occurred after Anderson collided with Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace on January 11th, Anderson was taken off the court on a stretcher.
“Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson said before Monday night’s game against San Antonio Spurs that he will be sidelined for two months and could possibly miss the remainder of the season because of his herniated disc injury. He could require surgery.”
The Pelicans forward, who had previously missed the beginning of the season with a broken toe, has only appeared in 22 games this season. Anderson, though only seeing limited action this season, was experiencing a career year with averages of 19.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg while shooting 43.8% from the field, and 40.9% from deep.
This news comes at a troubling time for the Pelicans, as the team announced last week that All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his leg. The New Orleans Pelicans were considered to be a fringe playoff team coming into this season, but with significant injuries to Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and now Ryan Anderson, those playoff aspirations are all but diminished. Recent reports have also stated that the Pelicans have put Eric Gordon and his hefty contract on the trading block. As we near the halfway point of the season, it appears as though the Pelicans will be headed towards the draft lottery than the NBA playoffs.