Erik Spoelstra Rumors

Hassan Whiteside’s nifty numbers were splendid, of course – the season highs in points (27) and blocks (six) to go with 13 rebounds. But you know what was more satisfying for Whiteside? The fact Erik Spoelstra allowed him to play late with the game on the line, and that Whiteside delivered. “I’m just glad coach allowed me to play [32] minutes,” Whiteside said. “He left me out there, he really trusted me tonight. I’m just really happy about that.”
Storyline: Whiteside-Spoelstra Dynamic
Erik Spoelstra was effusive afterward, saying “Hassan Whiteside was the player of the game for us obviously…. He was a monster tonight and you could see it from his very first block. You could see it from his very first over the top rebound, you could see it from his very first drive that he was playing with a different aggressiveness. He knows what I’m going to say. I’m going to say, ‘Hey, great job Big Fella. Do it againon Friday.’”
“I definitely feel comfortable (guarding players on the perimeter),” Whiteside said. “I didn’t have to guard any shooting bigs. They put Robin Lopez in every time I came in, I guess for boxing out. So I don’t have no problem with it, but it’s up to Coach Spo.” Spoelstra was asked about his approach with Whiteside in the fourth quarter “It goes however it goes,” he said. “We didn’t get the job done. That’s the bottom line. We were in a hole. At that point, you got to make whatever decisions you can make to try to get back into the game. It looked like we were getting it back. We got it to six and then they made bigger plays down the stretch.”