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Hassan Whiteside is questionable for game against Bulls

Hassan Whiteside

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls on the road. According to Tim D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, the big man didn’t participate in his team’s practice on Saturday as he deals with a soreness in his left knee.

Whiteside sat out Saturday’s practice because of soreness and swelling in the same knee. He missed five games earlier this season after banging knees with Magic center Nikola Vucevic and the injury has yet to completely heal.

As what D’Angelo’s report suggests, it’s clear that Whiteside’s knee is still not in 100 percent condition. While Whiteside’s availability for Sunday has not been decided upon by the team, it could be a good idea to give him a day off. The Bulls are arguably the worst team in the league today and will face off with the Heat having lost all of their last four games, including a 143-94 annihilation at the hands of Jordan Bell and the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

On the other hand, the Heat want to sustain their newfound momentum with Hassan Whiteside on the floor. After a sorry 120-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 19, the Heat ripped off back-to-back wins over title contender Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Should Whiteside be eventually ruled out against the Bulls, the Heat will look for Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk to man the fort in the paint.

In 13 games played so far this season, Hassan Whiteside is averaging 15.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.