Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside was ejected during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs after being charged with a flagrant-2 foul on Boban Marjanovic.
Mills made his shot from the charity stripe, diminishing the need for Whiteside to keep battling Marjanovic the way he did, much less throwing a right elbow. It wasn't the most malicious of moves, but it was enough for the officials to toss Whiteside from the game in American Airlines Arena.
Wade added Whiteside is so quiet "sometimes you don't know what he's thinking," per Skolnick.
Sportsnet Stats pointed out this marks Whiteside's third ejection since the beginning of last season, which is the most in the NBA in that span.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald scolded Whiteside for his conduct:
This ejection has reintroduced Whiteside maturity/self-control issue on a national stage, with TNT announcers criticizing him.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 10, 2016
Whiteside is 26 years old and has only seen significant action in the NBA for the past season-and-a-half or so in Miami. He entered Tuesday's contest averaging a whopping 3.9 blocks per contest and has emerged as a premier force in the paint.
But the Heat do have to be somewhat concerned about Whiteside's pattern of behavior and how it might pertain to his future. He is set to be a free agent this summer, leaving Miami at a crossroads decision that figures to alter the fate of the franchise.
If Whiteside's behavior continues to be an issue, he may cost himself a shot at a max contract. Should he learn from this latest ejection and play a bit smarter moving forward, though, he can still acquit himself well and help the Heat to the playoffs.