The Miami Heat just announced that big man Hassan Whiteside will not play in the team’s pivotal game four Eastern Conference Semifinals game versus the Toronto Raptors today due to a knee injury:
INJURY UPDATE: Hassan Whiteside (right MCL sprain) has been ruled out of tonight's Game 4.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 9, 2016
Whiteside suffered the MCL sprain in his right knee during the second quarter of Miami’s 95-91 loss in game three versus the Raptors at home. Udonis Haslem, Josh McRoberts, and Amar’e Stoudemire saw increased roles in Whiteside’s absence.
The Toronto Raptors will also be without their big man Jonas Valanciunas for the remainder of this series due to a sprained right ankle. While the Heat may start Amar’e Stoudemire and the Raptors may start Bismack Biyombo in place of their centers, you can expect to see a lot of small ball in game four.
Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game in 73 regular season games for the Heat during the duration of the 2015-2016 regular season. The 26-year-old Whiteside, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is averaging 9.3 points and 9.6 rebounds against the Raptors this series.
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