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Hassan Whiteside Talks to Media, Comments Game Against Washington

Hassan Whiteside was on the bench during the final quarter of the Heat-Wizards game Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports
Hassan Whiteside was on the bench during the final quarter of the Heat-Wizards game
Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat's center Hassan Whiteside played zero minutes in the last quarter of the Heat's last game against the Washington Wizards. Yes, you read that right. The league's leading shot blocker spent the entire final quarter on the bench, watching the Heat fall down to Washington. Whiteside left the arena after the game without addressing the media and he obviously wasn't too happy with the situation.


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The biggest reason why Whiteside was off the court is that the Wizards played small ball and their center was 6'7" Jared Dudley at the time, who is also a 3-point specialist. While it would seem impossible for Whiteside to chase Dudley to the 3-point line and defend there, it couldn't have hurt to try. Miami Heat had Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts playing as their big men for the majority of the quarter, even though Whiteside had a great game and was perfect 7-of-7 from the field.

Whiteside had a conversation with the head coach Erik Spoelstra and it seems that everything is ok between them. If the Heat plan to keep the center for a long-term contract, he will have to be included in late game when the score is close, whether the opposing team plays small ball or not. Spoelstra said that the last night's game was very extreme and he also said that each game will be different, therefore we can expect him to try many different lineups late in the game.

Whiteside proved to be a hard worker and he will give his best to improve and be a reliable and a good defender against any lineup that the opposing team puts on the floor. So far in the season, he's been one of the best defensive players and if he continues playing at this pace, he will most likely be one of the top candidates for the defensive player of the year award.


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