Whiteside (illness) posted 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, and three blocks in 30 minutes Wednesday against the Pistons. Whiteside had his eleventh straight game posting at least three blocks, and it's apparent he's the new elite blocker in the league this season. He was shaky heading into Wednesday's game, but his illness apparently didn't prevent him from contributing heavily. His two major flaws are his inability to hit free-throws, as well as his propensity to get hurt -- but this season he has yet to miss a game, so owners can keep expecting this production as long as he's playing.
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.
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