CHICAGO – When Erik Spoelstra summoned Hassan Whiteside to re-enter Wednesday’s game at Brooklyn, the Heat center said he was unable to play because his ankle was too sore.
Now Whiteside will have even more time to rest his sprained right ankle.
Whiteside is out for Miami’s game tonight against the Bulls and is listed as day-to-day. Miami will have 10 available players.
“Hassan’s ankle is swollen so he won’t play tonight,” Spoelstra said after Miami’s shoot around at the United Center. “He’ll just do treatment and we’ll evaluate him day to day.”
Whiteside said the ankle got worse at Brooklyn, a game in which he scored seven points and had a season-low one rebound.
The Heat (16-30) rallied from an 18-point deficit at the end of the third quarter to defeat the Nets, 109-106, for their fifth consecutive victory.
“I just rolled it in the game and I made it worse,” Whiteside said.
Whiteside suffered the injury during Monday’s win over the Warriors.
The injury caused some drama considering Spoelstra never mentioned Whiteside was ailing following the game in which the $98-million center sat the final 13:36. Whiteside said following the game that he should not have played.
Spoelstra was asked today at what point did he know the severity of the injury.
“Mostly afterwards when he went in the locker room and was re-examined but he mentioned it was really swollen in the fourth quarter,” Spoelstra said.
Whiteside, who is averaging 16.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, said he is not sure if he’ll be available for Saturday’s home game against the Pistons.
“I want to get out here with these guys,” he said. “I’m a competitor. A lot of people don’t realize what it took for me to get here. So I would love to get back out here with these guys and play the game I love.”
The injury controversy came as some were wondering if Whiteside had a chance to be added to Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve. Though a longshot, he missed out when the coaches voted in Indiana’s Paul George, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap to go along with frontcourt starters Jimmy Butler of Chicago, LeBron James of Cleveland and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee.
Whiteside said he did not watch Thursday’s announcement.
“Congratulations to those guys,” he said. “I’m just going to keep trying to get wins right now. I’m just going to put the numbers out there. If they feel like I should be an All-Star they’ll vote. But if not, it’s not the end of the world, man.”