Dion Waiters’ left ankle isn’t the only problem for the Miami Heat these days. Add Hassan Whiteside’s left knee to the mix. The Miami Heat’s $98 million center, fresh off a 26-point, 22-rebound performance in Wednesday’s opening night loss in Orlando, will miss Saturday’s home opener against the Indiana Pacers with a bone bruise. Whiteside, 28, knocked knees with Magic center Nikola Vucevic in the third quarter, but played through the pain and discomfort in the fourth quarter. He had an MRI on Thursday in Miami, which revealed the bruise. Friday, Whiteside didn’t practice and walked gingerly before and after answering reporters questions. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is listed as day-to-day. “I was wearing padding everywhere on my knee, but it hit a spot where I was hit before,” Whiteside said before explaining how he also bumped knees with Hawks forward Taurean Prince in the Heat’s preseason opener Oct. 1.
Hassan Whiteside to miss Saturday’s Heat home opener with bone bruise in left knee
Miami Herald | Oct 20