Although he’s averaging about two fewer points (15.7 …

Although he’s averaging about two fewer points (15.7 per game) and two fewer shots per game than he did during the Heat’s 11-30 start, Whiteside is shooting better from the field (57.2 percent) and better at the free throw line (71.8 percent) and has posted the fifth-highest plus/minus rating (+142) among the league’s 94 centers over the Heat’s current 23-6 run. Through Miami’s first 41 games, Whiteside ranked 83rd among centers in plus/minus (-100). “He puts our basketball team into a different level when he plays at his highest level and when he keeps on pushing limits to get to another level,” Spoelstra said last week. “He’s had impactful games in the last six weeks that weren’t even close to a 20-20 type game. There’s not many guys like him. There really aren’t.”
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December 14, 2017 | 10:01 pm EST Update
Porzingis suffered the injury early in the third quarter. It appeared to be a non-contact injury. He asked out of the game immediately after the suffering the injury, which occurred while defending Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis Jefferson. The severity of the ailment is unclear, as is Porzingis’ status for New York’s game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
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