'Birdman' has second surgery

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DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets announced forward-centre Chris Andersen underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger.

A release from the team indicated Andersen broke the finger Mar. 13 at Memphis but played through the injury for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

In May, Andersen had a procedure done to repair a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee. Andersen, who suffered that injury in Game 2 of the Nuggets' first-round playoff series against Utah, is expected to be fully recovered from both procedures by the start of next season.

The "Birdman" averaged 5.9 points and a career-high 6.4 rebounds in 76 games during the 2009-10 campaign. Andersen also ranked sixth in the NBA with 1.88 blocks per game.


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