Hassan Whiteside took mostly left-handed shots at shootaround and had two fingers taped together in his freshly stitched and heavily padded right hand. He said he wants to give the Heat whatever he can Thursday night versus Toronto
The Heat’s $98 million center missed four games the last time he sliced his right hand open because the pain was hard to bare. This time around, with the Heat fighting for its playoff life, Whiteside said pain won’t be an issue.
Heat captain Udonis Haslem said he shook his head when he read a story in ESPN’s The Undefeated about the Boston Celtics 2008 title team not inviting Allen back for its championship celebration. Allen left Boston to join the Heat and won a title in Miami.
The Miami Heat doesn’t have the option of resting its star players as it fights to make the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean coach Erik Spoelstra and his players don’t have an opinion on the league’s hottest issue.