Feisty forward back for the Miami Heat after his one game suspension.
Miami Heat forward Chris Anderson said he will not tone down his aggressive approach to the game as he returns to the line-up against the Indiana Pacers.
Anderson was suspended for one game after the NBA upgraded his flagrant one foul, after an incident with Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough, who was knocked to the floor before being pushed by Anderson.
Despite the extra attention the incident has brought him, the player nicknamed ‘Birdman’ said he won’t be holding anything back in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at the AA Arena.
When asked why he reacted the way he did against Hansbrough, Anderson played the cards close to his chest.
“It doesn’t matter at this point,” Andersen said
“It was the heat of the moment. A guy pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I let it get to me. I can’t regret anything. It is what it is, bro.”
As the records will show Miami went on to lose Game Six on the road resoundingly, with Anderson watching on helplessly.
While the power forward/centre would not have been able to single-handily change the eventual 91-77 scoreline, he has been an unexpected source of energy and production off the bench for the title holders.
In Game Six Joel Anthony picked up all of the minutes normally reserved for Anderson and he failed to provide the Heat with the same production as his suspended team-mate.
Shooing just 1-5 Anthony failed to have an impact on the game other than on the boards, where he was effective in grabbing eight for the game, five of which came on the offensive end.
But Miami struggling to score, apart from LeBron James, the side missed the handy contribution on the offensive end from Anderson, who is a perfect 15-15 from from the floor this series.