James Edwards III: SVG said #Pistons Dwight Buycks (fever) and Luke Kennard (foot) are out tonight against the #Heat. Hassan Whiteside is out for Miami
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Whiteside said Thursday that he lost 10 pounds in a grueling rehabilitation program when he was away from the team for 13 games with a bone bruise on his left knee. “I can run on the treadmill and ride a bike all day. I even lost 10 pounds doing that when I was out,” he said after practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. “It’s a lot different than minutes in an actual game.”
The Miami Heat got back to work Tuesday morning after having two days off to welcome in the new year, and center Hassan Whiteside got back to wearing a protective brace on his troublesome left knee. The Heat’s starting center, who missed 18 games with bone bruises to the knee, took the brace off after he went to the bench with 4:36 left in the opening quarter in Saturday’s win at Orlando and played without it for the rest of the game. But coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside will wear the brace going forward, calling it “non-negotiable” as the team tries to protect him from further injury.
“That’s not going to happen any more or he’s not going to be out there,” Spoelstra said of Whiteside, who finished with nine points, 13 rebounds, a career-high four assists and a season-high 10 screen assists. “He had discomfort [wearing it]. We expect that – just like a guy wearing an ankle brace or taped ankle. The first few times you do it it’s uncomfortable, it’s new. But we want to protect him. He’s going to wear it. That’s non-negotiable.”
Ira Winderman: Hassan Whiteside expected back tonight and expected to start.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside is expected to return for tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic. Whiteside had a full workout Sunday and went through shootaround this morning. “Everything looked great,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He is going to warmup with the intent to play.”
For the first time since he sat out a Nov, 29 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden due to a bone bruise in his left knee, center Hassan Whiteside has been upgraded to questionable.
Anthony Chiang: Spo on Hassan: “He’s been working out twice a day. One workout is always a non-impact, full conditioning workout either on the bike or in the pool. Then the last few days, he’s been doing court work and he’s been making a lot of progress.”
The Heat (13-14) will be without center Hassan Whiteside and forward Justise Winslow on Friday when they face the Hornets in Charlotte. Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) and Winslow (left knee strain) will not make the trip as they recover from their injuries.
The good news is that Whiteside, who will miss his eighth consecutive game and his 13th game of the season Friday due to a bone bruise on his left knee, is inching closer to a return. After being evaluated Wednesday night by team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick, Whiteside was cleared to start working on the court.
Anthony Chiang: Hassan Whiteside still listed as out for Wednesday’s game vs. Portland with bone bruise on left knee, according to game notes. Thursday will be two weeks since the Heat announced Whiteside would miss one to two weeks with the injury.
Whiteside will not travel for the team’s upcoming three-game trip, which begins Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs, as he continues to recover from a bone bruise on his left knee. This means the earliest Whiteside can make his return will be when the Heat return home to face the Trail Blazers on Dec. 13.
“Just wait until it’s totally healed,” said Whiteside, who missed five games in October with a different bone bruise on his left knee. “I think I kind of rushed it before, so just wait until I’m totally 100 percent. So I don’t want to come back and be a watered-down Hassan and people looking at you crazy like, ‘What’s wrong with Hassan? Why is he not playing at this level?’ or whatever. I don’t even want to risk that.”
The Miami HEAT announced today that center Hassan Whiteside will begin rehab immediately due to a left knee bone bruise. The rehab process will include a strength and conditioning program over the next one-to-two weeks.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside hinted that his left knee injury could keep him out even longer after missing Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks. “It’s really bothering me,” Whiteside told reporters after the Heat’s 115-86 loss to the Knicks. “We’re going to figure it out. We’re going to figure it out when we get back to Miami and figure out what’s wrong.”
Whiteside, who is averaging 14.9 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, missed five games after initially suffering a bone bruise on Oct. 18. “It has really been bothering me throughout the season,” Whiteside said. “… You know, I sat out, I missed them games, I came back, and it’s still bothering me.”
Although he and Spoelstra said the injury was not a factor, Whiteside played just 21:19 and was not on the court for the final 16:15, sitting on the bench with heat applied to his knee. “I was just keeping it warm so if coach needs me I’m ready,” Whiteside said. “I’m fine if I put my jersey on. I basically came to the conclusion that I can play. That day of rest (Saturday) really helped me.”
Ira Winderman: Hassan Whiteside expected to play in Chicago amid to knee pain.
Ira Winderman: Whiteside says he is playing.
Manny Navarro: Hassan and JJ will go tonight Spo says. Hassan still dealing with soreness. JJ feels much better. #Heat
Ira Winderman: Whiteside a little sore but will play Friday. Question will be the minutes restriction at altitude.
Ira Winderman: Whiteside is expected to play and start tonight.
On a light day of work in the wake of Monday’s overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a practice session held in the absence of point guard Goran Dragic, who was out ill, Spoelstra said Whiteside did 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drill work. “He’s making progress,” Spoelstra said, with the Heat’s season-longest six-game homestand concluding Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. “We’ll evaluate him tomorrow. I don’t have a determination on when he’ll be ready.”
Whiteside, who has been sidelined with a bone bruise on his left knee since the Heat’s Oct. 18 season-opening loss against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, not only was ruled out in advance of Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena, but coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged that Monday’s game against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves also appears unlikely. “He’s doing more. I’m encouraged by his activity level. He’s not ready for a practice yet,” Spoelstra said after Saturday morning’s shootaround. “So we’ll check that box when he gets to that. But in terms of pain, that’s gotten a lot better. And he’s been doing more.”
The next opportunity for Whiteside to make his return will come in Monday’s home game against the Timberwolves. Whiteside’s participation, or lack thereof, in Sunday afternoon’s practice will help to show where he stands entering the fifth game of Miami’s season-long six-game homestand. “We talk, but we don’t want to force him [to play] if he’s not OK,” Dragic said of Whiteside. “He’s good every day. He’s coming early, doing treatments. He’s with the team, talking a lot. That’s the only thing he can do right now, take care of his body, try to get better. And when the doctors or Jay [Sabol] say he’s got a green light, then he’ll be back.”
Tom Orsborn: Heat center Hassan Whiteside (bruised left knee) will miss his third consecutive game.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is missing his second straight game, sitting out Monday’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks with a bruised left knee. Whiteside got hurt in Miami’s season-opening loss at Orlando, a game where he finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds. He is listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated before Miami’s Wednesday home game with San Antonio.
Friday, Whiteside didn’t practice and walked gingerly before and after answering reporters questions. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is listed as day-to-day.
“I was wearing padding everywhere on my knee, but it hit a spot where I was hit before,” Whiteside said before explaining how he also bumped knees with Hawks forward Taurean Prince in the Heat’s preseason opener Oct. 1. “I got an MRI on it, so it’s treatment, exercise and hip work to get back. [The doctors] ain’t give me no [timeline]. It’s just kind of a day-to-day thing, to get the swelling out and stuff.”
Anthony Chiang: Whiteside suffered a bone bruise on his knee in Orlando game. He didn’t practice today and he will not play Saturday vs. Pacers. Day-to-day
Whiteside is still playing with 13 stitches in his right hand, an injury sustained two weeks ago against Phoenix. “It will take a little longer to heal,” he said. “It hurts a lot less. I don’t have full function in dribbling.”
“Probably most players would have sat out,” guard Goran Dragic said of Whiteside playing through the hand injury. “He demonstrated that he cares for this team, for his teammates, for the city. To have 13 stitches in his shooting (hand), most of the times people are hitting him. It gives us a lot of energy when we’re able to appreciate what he does for us.”
Ira Winderman: Whiteside downplays sprained left ankle, is planning on being out for opening jump Sunday in Boston.
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra said Hassan Whiteside sprained his ankle late in the game. Unsure of severity.
Barry Jackson: Whiteside said sprained ankle is “not crazy like Dion’s. More just annoying”… too early to tell on Sunday at Boston.
Hassan Whiteside was back in the Miami Heat’s starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at AmericanAirlines Arena two days after opening a 13-stitch gash on his right hand. “I’m going to come out here and give what I can,” said Whiteside, who sustained the injury during Tuesday’s victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns.
He said he spent part of the past two days exploring protection options. “You know, I’m a high-volume rebounder, grabbing rebounds with my right, just using it,” he said. “But we’re going to try a couple of things to make it where I don’t have to worry about the stitches opening up and pad it up nice and pretty and see how I feel.”
It took 13 stitches to close the gash on Hassan Whiteside’s right hand Tuesday night. But it may take more than that to keep Whiteside out of Thursday’s home game against the Raptors. The Heat’s $98 million center is listed as probable to play in the finale of Miami’s five-game homestand. “It’s day-to-day,” Whiteside said Wednesday afternoon in his first interview since suffering the injury. “But I’m going there with the intention to play tomorrow. I’m going to go out there, see how it feels.”
Hassan Whiteside now has more rebounds in a season than any player in Miami Heat history. Now Miami needs him to rebound from another hand injury. Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late in obvious pain and with blood on his right hand, and the Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday night. He was getting stitches postgame to repair a cut between his middle and ring fingers, and the team said he will be evaluated again on Wednesday. Whiteside had a similar injury – same place, same hand – late in the 2014-15 season and missed three games.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside was screaming in pain as he walked back to the locker room after cutting his right hand late in Miami’s 112-97 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside suffered a laceration between his fingers and was receiving stitches after the game. “It’s in an awkward place in his hand,” Spoelstra said. “He’s getting stitched up right now. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Hassan Whiteside will play tonight. Tyler Johnson will be a game-time decision.
Ira Winderman: Hassan Whiteside back with Heat. Told me he does not plan to wear goggles. Won’t play tonight. pic.twitter.com/ng7j1vlmrV
Ethan J. Skolnick: Hassan Whiteside is here in Toronto. Chris Bosh is not.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside, sidelined the past week with a sprained MCL in his right knee, was ruled out for Game 7 and said he isn’t sure when he will play again. But he traveled with the team to Toronto on Saturday. “We just want him with us,” Spoelstra said. “Our trainers are traveling with us, and he needs a lot of treatment.”
But when Whiteside was asked if there’s any possibility he could play on Sunday, he gave a one-word answer: “no.” “I’m just kind of rehabbing and getting better each day,” he said. “I don’t really have a (timeline) for you, just getting better. “Each day, I do more and more stuff toward basketball.”
Manny Navarro: Erik Spoelstra said all Hassan Whiteside is doing back home is “therapy and rest” #Heat
Barry Jackson: Hassan won’t travel with team, Spoelstra says.
The Miami Herald has learned from a league source that it is a first degree, or least severe, sprain. But Erik Spoelstra is telling the truth when he says there’s no set timetable at this point.
The Heat will know more after Whiteside’s swelling and bruising subsides, and he can take a stability test — likely later this week — to see how he responded to rest and treatment. After that, it’s mostly about how he can handle the pain, which can be significant, that comes with the injury. And he would need to wear a special brace.
So Heat fans shouldn’t expect this series, but the next one against Cleveland would be possible, if the Heat gets that far.
Barry Jackson: Asked if any real chance of Whiteside playing in this series, Spoelstra said only knows that he is out tonight.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury update: MRI results on Hassan Whiteside’s right knee confirmed a Sprained Right MCL. He will be listed as day-to-day.
Miami’s starting 7-foot center will undergo an MRI Sunday on his right knee after injuring it early in the second quarter in the 95-91 Game 3 loss to the Raptors. “Probably like a seven [out of ten],” Whiteside said when asked about the level of pain in his knee. “I’ll just get the MRI results and take it from there. I’m just going to pray on it and take it from there.”
That knee was already tenuous after he strained it slipping on a wet spot in Game 1, and Whiteside was unable to walk on it. He tried to get to the sideline and dropped to the floor again, then needed help getting to the locker room. He was out of the game and could be out of this series, though the Heat won’t say anything about his status until he undergoes an MRI on Sunday. Whiteside said he has never felt pain like that in his knee and described it as his leg “going two different ways.” He was struggling through the strain as it was and managed six points, no rebounds and no blocked shots in eight minutes before exiting.
Ira Winderman: From Heat: INJURY: Hassan Whiteside (right knee) will not return to tonight’s Game 3. X-Rays were taken and came back negative.
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