Pelicans F Anderson to miss game with swelling in both ankles

MINNEAPOLIS — 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.