Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While Chris “Birdman” Andersen is only averaging 11 minutes, 4 points, and 4 rebounds per game, the Miami Heat have seen enough of the big man to sign him for the rest of the regular season.
Andersen had been playing under the second 10-day contract with the Heat, which is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The Heat decided to keep Andersen in house rather than let him get away.
The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal, which is the usual practice of the Heat.
Andersen’s presence in the middle and his overall hustle has helped the Heat regain its defensive footing and start playing like the NBA champions. The Heat has won eight of their last 10 games and will finish the first half of the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Miami has managed to pull off that feat while looking at times like it’s simply on cruise control until March and April as the playoffs begin to draw near.
Overall, Miami is 32-14 and 1.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference. While Miami is 20-3 at home, the Heat is just 12-11 on the road.
Miami will look to extend its current winning streak to four games against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night.