Whiteside (illness) went through shootaround and said he expects to play Wednesday in Detroit, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Whiteside came down with an illness Tuesday, but after making the trip north with the team, he said he's feeling much better Wednesday morning, so his availability does not appear to be in much jeopardy.
Whiteside (illness) traveled with the team to Detroit in advance of Wednesday's game, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Whiteside was absent from practice Tuesday due to illness, and it was initially unknown whether he'd join the Heat for Wednesday's game. However, the Heat announced Whiteside did make the trip, which certainly bodes well for his status not only Wednesday, but also Friday when the Heat close out the road trip in New York. It's important to note that Whiteside's condition could deteriorate over the next 24 hours, so there's no guarantee he'll play, but the Heat should provide an update following Wednesday's morning shootaround.
Whiteside (illness) did not practice Tuesday and is considered questionable for Wednesday's meeting with the Pistons, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Whiteside came down with an illness that's been making its way through the Heat's locker room, and as of Tuesday afternoon the team is yet to decide whether the center will travel with the team to Detroit. If he does not make the trip, Miami would likely resort to starting Udonis Haslem or Chris Andersen at center. Alternatively, coach Erik Spoelstra could shift Chris Bosh to center and insert a player like Josh McRoberts at power forward. Luol Deng (hamstring) is also considered questionable for Wednesday's game.
Whiteside registered a double-double in Monday's 95-87 win over the Knicks, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds and five blocks in 34 minutes. Whiteside is racking up blocks at an unreal rate, averaging 5.0 per game in the month of November. He's registered 27 blocks over the past four games and really isn't in any competition for minutes at center on Miami's roster, so he should have no trouble keep up these type of stat lines. Whiteside is never going to score many points, but certainly makes up for it with rebounds and blocks.
Whiteside played only 18 minutes in Thursday's win over the Kings, but finished with 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, four blocks, and steals. Whiteside ran into some early foul trouble which conspired to limit his court time, robbing him of the chance of posting a huge game while DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) was out for the opposition. Still, Whiteside was quite effective on a per-minute basis, and most surprisingly, the 50 percent career free-throw shooter knocked down all four of his attempts from the charity stripe. The center has shook off some injury concerns in training camp to deliver an excellent season to date, averaging 15 points on 62.6 percent shooting to go along with 11.3 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, and 0.7 steals.
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