January 23, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Ryan Anderson will miss Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of swelling and soreness in both ankles.

The 6-foot-10 Anderson is averaging 14.7 points per game this season while shooting 41 percent. But his accuracy from the perimeter - normally his strength - has declined sharply lately. In his past four games, he has made 11 of 46 shots, hitting at a rate of 24 percent.

Anderson's injuries further hampers a Pelicans squad already missing starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who is expected to be sidelined up to a month with a stress reaction in his lower right leg.

It is not yet clear if Anderson will be able to return Sunday when New Orleans hosts the Dallas Mavericks.

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