(5:13 UPDATE) Chris Andersen is inactive, Ray Allen active for Game 5, the team announced.
Tonight’s #HEATplayoffs Game 5 inactives vs the Pacers – Chris Andersen (left thigh contusion) & Justin Hamilton.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 28, 2014
Ray Allen’s status for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals is still uncertain, but the veteran participated in pregame shootarounds Wednesday night.
Indications are that he is more likely than not to play.
Ray Allen may be a gametime decision but he’s in his normal routine 3 hours before gametime: pic.twitter.com/QUBk8X4icM
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 28, 2014
Erik Spoelstra says Chris Andersen (thigh) is getting treatment, that Ray Allen (hip) did his shooting, indicates Allen appears likely.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 28, 2014
Allen’s hip has been bothering him since after the Heat’s win in Game 4. Allen’s spacing will surely be missed should he sit this one out.
It’s been speculated that James Jones would step into that spot, but I think it is more likely that a combination of Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole would be used. On-ball defense has been huge this series, and that’s not something that Jones is good at.
Hopefully for Miami, though, they don’t have to worry about that.