Whiteside is dealing with a minor ankle issue, but coach Erik Spoelstra said the center "could play big minutes" Tuesday against the Spurs, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. Whiteside has come off the bench in each of the last three games since returning from an oblique injury, and he saw just 17 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Clippers. A move back to the starting lineup seems imminent at some point, though Spoelstra declined to comment on when that might happen. Even if Whiteside remains in a reserve role Tuesday, Spoelstra's comments suggest his minutes load could move back up into the low-to-mid-30s.
Whiteside had 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-6 FT) and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes during the Heat's 100-93 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. This was only Whiteside's third game of the campaign in which he failed to record a block. Despite turning in a triple-double on Friday, Whiteside remained in a bench role on Sunday. What's weirder is he saw only 17 minutes despite committing only two fouls. It's unclear whether there was an injury-related reason for his lack of playing time, but it definitely seemed somewhat bizarre.
Whiteside will remain in a bench role Sunday versus the Clippers, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. Whiteside has come off the bench his last two games after sitting out with an oblique injury. That will remain the case again on Sunday, although he's still dominating the minutes at center. He notched 27 minutes during Friday's game and ended up with a triple-double, so despite coming off the bench, he still has a ton of fantasy value. Whiteside is expected to return to the starting lineup at some point in the near future, although coach Erik Spoelstra has not indicated when that will be.
Whiteside went for 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks in 27 minutes during the Heat's 98-95 win over the Hornets on Friday. Whiteside came off the bench for the second straight game since he returned from a recent six-game absence with an oblique injury. However, this was his third triple-double with blocks this season, and since he is the only person to do this in the last several seasons, it might be time that such a triple-double should be named after him. Whether he rejoins the starting lineup or not, Whiteside is going to see the majority of minutes at center for Miami so long as he can stay out of foul trouble, and his physical presence at the rim makes one wonder why opponents dare enter his dome so frequently.
Whiteside will come off the bench again Friday against Charlotte, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. Whiteside came off the bench Wednesday in Dallas in his return from a six-game absence, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks in 17 minutes. However, even with the oblique injury seemingly behind him, Whiteside will come off the bench again Friday, as the Heat stick with Amar'e Stoudemire as the starter. It's unclear how long that will continue, but Whiteside figures to reclaim his starting spot at some point in the near future.
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