Hassan Whiteside Injury: Updates on Heat Center's Knee and Return

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Nov 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 109-89. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of the lineup. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.


Whiteside Active vs. Knicks

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported Whiteside will start Wednesday.


Whiteside Comments on Knee Injury

Wednesday, Jan. 6

"I feel a lot better today," Whiteside told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. "It was just some tendinitis and soreness. That's all it was. I'm just going to keep icing and hours from now hopefully it will feel really good.

"It's always a relief when you know it's not anything serious."

On Jan. 4, Whiteside told reporters he has a bruise around his kneecap.


Heat Need Whiteside's Game-Changing Defense

Whiteside averaged 11.8 points per game last season, and his 62.8 field-goal percentage showed he is capable of being an efficient scorer. 

This season, he's been even better, averaging 12.5 points and a league-leading four blocks per game.

It's his play around the rim on the defensive side on the ball that has made him such a promising center. Last season, the 7-footer averaged a 9.2 percent block rate, becoming just one of 10 players since 1973 to achieve such a mark, according to Couper Moorhead of HEAT.com. 

Heat legend and former center Alonzo Mourning even told Whiteside he should focus on winning Defensive Player of the Year this upcoming season, per Moorhead. A player of Whiteside's size and length is vital for the Heat in order to shut down the opposition's big men. 

  

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.