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Heat’s Hassan Whiteside feeling better, starting vs. Bulls

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. AP

Hassan Whiteside was in the starting lineup Sunday for the Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Whiteside, who is averaging 15.5 points and 12.9 rebounds per game this season, sat out Saturday’s practice at nearby DePaul University.

Whiteside said he felt discomfort and had some swelling in the knee he injured on Oct. 18, when he bumped knees with Magic forward Nikola Vucevic in the Heat’s season-opener in Orlando.

The injury forced Whiteside to miss the next five games following the Heat’s opener, matching the amount of games he sat out all of last season.

But just prior to tip-off Sunday, Whiteside said he was good to go.

“I’m alright,” Whiteside said.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside sat out practice with the intent of resting and getting treatment with the goal of playing Sunday.

Whiteside said he thinks he will be able to deal with the injury as he did by managing it in such a way until he’s fully recovered.

Whiteside scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes and eight seconds Friday night in the Heat’s 109-97 win over the Timberwolves.

“Yeah, time will tell,” Whiteside said.

The Heat went with the same starting lineup of Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow for the ninth consecutive game. They are 5-3 over the past eight games.

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