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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.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Hassan Whiteside: “I believe I can go. It’s just day by day.”
Jason Lieser: #Heat list Hassan Whiteside (oblique) as out and Goran Dragic (calf) as questionable tonight at #Nets.
Hassan Whiteside missed his first game of the season Monday, and barring some drastic improvement in the next 48 hours it probably won’t be the only game he sits out. The Heat’s 7-foot center, who can’t remember exactly it was when he banged his right knee in Sunday’s blowout win at Washington, said he felt pain on the plane ride home and by the time he woke up Monday morning and tried to walk to his bathroom “it was really hurting.”
Countless times over the years, a player whose ailment was never mentioned, or was consistently downplayed, ends up under anesthesia as soon as the season ends. Quentin Richardson, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers… the list goes on. So it’s natural to be skeptical about Hassan Whiteside’s calf issue, especially as day-to-day has become week-to-week. Still, there are good signs. Whiteside has not been incapacitated by the issue; he’s continued to do strength and conditioning work. And he said himself, prior to Sunday’s preseason opener, that he expected to return before the regular season, and get into at least a couple of preseason games.
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”