Hassan Whiteside (hip), Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play for Heat tonight against Trail Blazers

Miami’s Wayne Ellington, left, high-fives Dwyane Wade Saturday before Wade left the victory over Washington with a hamstring injury. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Heat will face one hottest teams in the league without two key players.

Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade were ruled out of tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers by the Heat early this morning, both suffering injuries on Saturday. Whiteside strained his left hip flexor during Saturday morning’s shootaround and sat out Miami’s win over the Wizards. Wade suffered a mile hamstring strain during the fourth quarter of the 129-102 victory.

Although Wade called the injury ‘minor’ on a social media post, he already had ruled himself out following Saturday’s game.

“I won’t be in the lineup against Portland, I can probably guarantee that,” Wade said Saturday. “I have time to get treatment and try to take it day-to-day and see when I get back. Hopefully I’m not out too long. I don’t know how long. I have no timetable right now.

“All you can do is do your treatment and do your strengthening and whenever you feel like it’s ready to go, just get on the floor.”

Wade has played 12 games since rejoining the Heat on Feb. 8, coming off the bench in each. He is averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 43.6 percent. He has become one of the Heat’s most reliable fourth quarter players, leading Miami with 5.8 points in the final quarter since his return.

Whiteside will miss his 21st game of the season, 18 of those because of separate bone bruises on his left knee. He said Saturday doctors advised him not to play because he could make the injury worse.

“With strains it’s pretty tricky,” Whiteside said. “They can last a couple of days, they can go away. I definitely don’t want to go out there and make it worse and then it’s something that’s lingering for a month.”

Justise Winslow suffered a minor knee injury during Saturday’s game but he was not listed on the Heat’s injury report and is expected to play.

Coach Erik Spoelstra opted to start 6-foot-10 Bam Adebayo in Whiteside’s place Saturday. The rookie responded with six points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes. He likely will stick with Adebayo in the starting lineup tonight against the Trail Blazers’ 7-foot Jusuf Nurkic. Portland has won nine straight games.

Adebayo has made 12 starts this season. He is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7 percent for the season.

Wade has been the leader of the second unit since he was re-acquired by Miami. His minutes will mean a boost for Rodney McGruder, who played 20 minutes Saturday after not playing in Thursday’s victory over Philadelphia.

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