SACRAMENTO – The Miami Heat are listing Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside as out for Wednesday’s game against the Kings, although that could change depending on how the players react to treatment and shootaround in the morning.
Neither played in the Heat’s 115-99 loss at Portland Monday. Wade missed his first full game since being re-acquired by the Heat. He suffered a mild left hamstring strain during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over Washington. Whiteside sat out the Washington game after straining his left hip at Saturday’s shootaround.
Neither injury is considered serious.
Wade has played 12 games since rejoining Miami, 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 missed his 21st game of the season on Monday, 18 of those because of separate bone bruises on his left knee. He said doctors advised him on Saturday not to play because he could make the injury worse. Whiteside said Monday the hip felt better than it did on Saturday but reiterated he wants to make sure he is as close to 100 percent healed as possible before returning.
Coach Erik Spoelstra has started rookie Bam Adebayo at center in Whiteside’s place the last two games. Adebayo had a tough game Monday against Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who had 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and 16 rebounds. Adebayo, meanwhile, missed all but one of his 10 shots.
The 6-foot-10 Adebayo would face Sacramento’s 7-foot center Kosta Koufos if he starts Wednesday. Koufos is averaging 6.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Rodney McGruder has assumed many of Wade’s minutes off the bench. McGruder had eight points and three rebounds in 26 minutes in Portland.