Hassan Whiteside Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Finger Laceration and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) reacts to an officials call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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Hassan Whiteside has been a revelation for the Miami Heat this season, but he suffered a hand laceration on March 24 and was forced out of action. After being able to return, he is set to miss the San Antonio Spurs game due to the same injury

Continue for updates.

Whiteside Out vs. Pacers

Sunday, April 5

The Heat announced Whiteside will not play against the Indiana Pacers due to his hand laceration.  

On March 31, the Heat declared Whiteside would be playing against the San Antonio Spurs.  

Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post provided comments from Whiteside, who spoke about the laceration to his hand on March 26. 

“I don’t want to reopen the stitches and have to stitch the hand back together,” he said. “That’s what it is. Probably two weeks to heal completely.”

That does not mean he will be out two weeks, but he probably will need at least a few more days before he can consider playing with a cast or wrap.

Whiteside Injures Finger 

Tuesday, March 24

The Heat’s official Twitter account reported that "Hassan Whiteside sustained a laceration between his middle & ring fingers. He received 10 stitches & will not return tonight." The injury occurred during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

After the game, per the team, Whiteside said“I can’t feel my hand at all right now. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go day-to-day.”

Whiteside was averaging 11.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season entering play Tuesday and has helped keep the Heat in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, even though LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason and Chris Bosh went down with a season-ending injury.

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This has been by far the best year of Whiteside's career thus far, and he is one of the most important players on the roster at this point. Miami is going to need him healthy come playoff time if it hopes to make any noise and challenge the Cavaliers and other top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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