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Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside
Position: C
Born: 06/13/89
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $0

Luka Doncic on Hassan Whiteside's hard foul: 'My teammates had my back'

The incident occurred on Luka Doncic’s dunk attempt with 5:33 remaining in the Mavs’ 102-77 win in Monday’s pivotal Game 5. After Doncic crashed to the floor, Hassan Whiteside stood over him. Dallas forwards Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock ran toward the baseline to confront the 7-foot, 265-pound center and exchanged shoves with him. Referees and coaches and security officials from both teams rushed into the fray to ensure that the situation did not escalate. “They had my back,” said Doncic, who had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the win. “Both of them, anybody, we had each other’s back. That’s what great teams do. I would go with these guys to war. This is a special team.”
Whiteside was called for two technical fouls and ejected. Bullock, who had been assessed his first technical in a Mavericks uniform earlier in the game, was whistled for another technical and also ejected. Finney-Smith was also called for a technical. “I just ran over there and tried to protect my teammate,” said Finney-Smith, whose defense Jazz star Donovan Mitchell (9 points, 4-of-15 shooting, 4 turnovers) credited for his struggles. “It’s playoff basketball. It was a hard foul. … We know they’re going to try to hit Luka. They’ve also been trying to hit [Jalen Brunson], too, lately. We’ve just got to protect ourselves, protect each other and win games.”