Heat injury update: Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside definitely out for Knicks game

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade changes his jersey on the bench during overtime of a game at Washington on March 6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

MIAMI – The Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside injury watch will continue beyond tonight.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra ruled both players out for tonight’s game against the Knicks, although he said both are “progressing.”

Wade will miss his fifth game since suffering a mild left hamstring strain during the fourth quarter of Miami’s home victory over Washington on March 10.

Whiteside is sitting for the sixth consecutive game after experienced hip pain during shootaround before that same game against the Wizards.

The Heat (38-33) are 2-2 without both players in the lineup, winning the last two, including Monday’s 149-141 double overtime thriller against the Nuggets.

Rookie Bam Adebayo has been starting in Whiteside’s spot. Adebayo’s play has been uneven in the five starts. He is averaging 6.8 points, on just .326 shooting, and 9.8 rebounds in 26.3 minutes.

Rodney McGruder has been getting some of Wade’s minutes off the bench, moving up to ninth man in the rotation.

The Heat have won two close games without Wade, who had become the team’s closer since returning to Miami in a Feb. 8 trade. Goran Dragic made the game-winning shot in a one-point win at the Lakers but Josh Richardson and James Johnson both missed shots at the buzzer that could have won the Denver game – Richardson at the end of regulation, Johnson at the end of the first overtime – before the Heat prevailed in double overtime.

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