NBA Rumor: Hassan Whiteside Injury

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The Blazer big man was closing out on Chris Paul with 1:22 remaining in the 2nd quarter. It looked as if Whiteside twisted his left knee, but the injury was one that looked worse than it actually was, as Whiteside returned to the game to start the second half and ended up playing 14-second-half minutes. After the Blazers 102-99 win over the Thunder, Whiteside described the play: “I hyperextended it. I was contesting Chris Paul’s shot. It’s just really sore right now. I did some movement and stuff, you know, I just wanted to come out and just give what I could to the team,” Whiteside said.

“No, there’s not that kind of caution,” he said of having his players healthy for the playoffs, which open April 14. “There’s only health caution. We’re not going to bring them back until they’re ready to come back. We can’t look at it as other teams are looking at it, ‘That we’re going to make sure we’re ready for the postseason.’ That is not how it’s going to be for us — it’s go time. And both of those guys know that. They’ve been very committed and diligent behind the scenes to working. But we have to do it smart, intelligently.”

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.”
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February 27, 2021 | 9:03 pm EST Update