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Andersen's status still in question for Game 6

MIAMI -- As his teammates practiced around him, Chris "Birdman" Andersen put up shot after shot.

From inside the 3-point line, from the free-throw line, the Miami Heat center who missed both Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern Conference finals while dealing with a thigh bruise, got in a limited workout.

After he finished, he said that although he was feeling better, whether he'll play Friday when the Heat host the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 remains in question.

"It feels good. It's just a matter of trying to get the proper treatment, that's all. It's just the proper maintenance ... we'll see. It's a game-time decision," Andersen said. "I'm not limping anymore."

Andersen has been plagued with several ailments recently, including soreness in his foot, leading Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to call him a "human bruise" earlier this week before explaining the injury sidelining Andersen came in the Heat's Game 3 win when the 6-foot-10 Andersen collided with Dwyane Wade while challenging for a rebound.

Thursday, Spoelstra didn't share whether he expected Andersen to play Friday, saying only that Andersen was getting treatment and got in some light work. But when asked whether he was dealing with mobility issues or pain tolerance, Andersen didn't bat an eye.

"I have a high tolerance for pain," he said.

Andersen isn't the only Heat player dealing with a nagging injury.

Though guard Ray Allen played nearly 23 minutes in Game 5 and finished with 15 points, he's been plagued by a bruised hip suffered in Monday's Game 4.

He's expected to play Friday, saying that at this point in the season, pain is part of the process.

"I'm dealing with (soreness) every day," Allen said. "Actually, at this time of year, if I didn't feel anything, I'd probably be more worried. It's just kind of what we deal with."

LEWIS EARNS (MORE) PRAISE: Earlier this week, Spoelstra praised the effort of Heat forward Rashard Lewis, who went scoreless in Games 3 and 4 but had an impact with his defensive efforts on Pacers center Roy Hibbert and forward David West.

Wednesday, Lewis tied a career playoff-high for 3-pointers when he connected on 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. That performance prompted more praise, this time from a teammate known for his own 3-point heroics.

"It was great. That's what I know he's capable of," Allen said. "Being around him over the years in a lot of big games, it's a huge difference. I think he's learned a lot, even in last night's game, just his ability, stretching the floor, same as Shane (Battier), same as (Chris Bosh). He's a very reliable weapon for us."

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