Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside believes he deserves more touches late in games

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside played 47 minutes and attempted a team-high 22 shots in Tuesday’s 136-130 double-overtime loss to the Magic.

Whiteside also matched his career-high with 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

But it’s the lack of shots down the stretch that bothered the Heat’s $98 million center. Whiteside played in all but 24 seconds of the two overtimes and attempted three shots –making two of them — during that stretch.

“They say I’m the franchise player, I would think I should get more,” Whiteside said when asked if he thinks he’s getting the ball enough late in games. “But I don’t know, man. I don’t think so, to be honest. But coach going to coach.”

The Heat attempted 19 shots over the two overtime periods. Justise Winslow took a team-high six of those shots and Tyler Johnson was second with four shots attempts.

Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each took two shots over the two overtime periods.

But Whiteside probably wasn’t just referring to his touches during overtime. Over the final three minutes of regulation, Whiteside played 2 minutes and 58 seconds and attempted one shot.

“It’s disappointing, man,” Whiteside said of Tuesday’s loss. “No disrespect to the Magic or anything, but that was the most disappointing loss of the season in my opinion because we had so many chances to win that game.”

Whiteside ranks third on the team with a usage rate of 23.8 percent this season. In the fourth quarter, Whiteside ranks fifth on the team with a usage rate 22 percent.

Whiteside ranks seventh on the team and 27th among NBA centers with 44.5 touches per game, according to NBA.com. Anthony Davis leads all NBA centers with 77.8 touches per game.

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