Whiteside made 50 percent of his free throws during the 2014-15 season. He was partially impacted by a severe cut on his right hand, which he suffered in late March, but he said it's no longer an issue.
"So basically I woke up in the morning [two weeks ago] and I went to brush my teeth and I realized my hand was OK," he said, per the Sun Sentinel.
The 31 different starting lineups are a franchise record for the Heat with 20 different players starting at least one game for the Heat this season.
The Heat will keep guards
The Heat are 1 1/2-point underdogs.
With Whiteside needing to spend the last two summers overseas to secure a roster spot with an NBA team, Whiteside said his secured spot on the team next season will allow him to improve as a player.
"It's going to be a big summer for me," Whiteside said. "My last couple of summers I had to go to China, I had to go to Lebanon. I had to go over here. This is really the first summer I can get with some coaches and actually work on my game and actually get on a program where I can lift weights and get better and become a better basketball player."
Whiteside will spend time in Miami working with Heat coaches as well as North Carolina, his hometown state.
"I'm going to still do the things that got me here," Whiteside said. "I worked out at home to get me here."
The 24 points matches a season high for Whiteside.
He also notched five blocks and shot 10 of 14 from the floor.
Whiteside scored 16 points on six of eight shooting from the field.
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