Ryan Anderson out indefinitely with a herniated disc

Ryan Anderson was recently stretchered out of a game against the Boston Celtics after a collision with Gerald Wallace. After laying on the floor and being unable to walk off on his own, the initial report on Anderson was a cervical stinger. The New Orleans Pelicans have now issued a brief press release, stating that the forward is out indefinitely with a herniated disc.

Dec 6, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson (33) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) defends during the second half at New Orleans Arena. The Thunders won 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson (33) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) defends during the second half at New Orleans Arena. The Thunders won 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Ryan Anderson has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.

Anderson suffered the injury following a collision with Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the fourth quarter of the Jan. 3 game at Boston. The 6-foot-10 forward is out indefinitely.

(via NBA.com/Pelicans)

This is obviously tough news for the Pelicans, who wanted to make a push for the playoffs this year. Anderson was a huge part of the team, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Herniated discs are tricky and usually don’t require surgery, but this will most certainly put Anderson on the shelf for an extended period of time.

Topics: New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Ryan Anderson

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