Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been ruled out of  Game 4 against Toronto because of a sprained MCL he suffered in Game 3.

Whiteside injured his knee trying to catch a pass behind his head, which made him slip and fall backwards on his leg. He received an MRI on Sunday that confirmed a sprained, and the Heat have listed him day to day without a timetable for return.

Whiteside was relieved yet disappointed about the already problematic injured knee:

It's the same knee, but two different things that happened. One I could play through and this one I couldn't. As a competitor, you always want to be out there and try to help your teammates as much as possible. When that's taken away from you, that's really tough.

Hassan Whiteside
AP Photo/Chuck Burton

This injury is similar in nature to Steph Curry‘s Grade 1 sprain that was given a minimum time table of two weeks.

Amar'e Stoudermire, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem have to step in to fill the void on the inside, but that just evens the field out as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is also ruled out with a sprianed ankle.

The Toronto Raptors lead the series 2-1 as Game 4 begins on Monday night.

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