March 22, 2017, 7:30 am
Hassan Whiteside suffered a hand laceration Tuesday night against the Suns and received 13 stitches, leaving his status for Thursday up in the air per Tom D’Angelo of PalmBeachPost.com.
There is a solid chance that Whiteside will miss his Thursday night game vs. the Toronto Raptors. This could open up significant minutes for Willie Reed at the center position. James Johnson would also pick up some extra minutes when the Heat decide to go small. In his five spot starts this season, Reed has had three multi-block efforts, three games over 20 points, two double-digit rebound games and all five games he shot over 50 percent from the field. He could be worth a spot start if Whiteside ends up missing time if you need help in any of those categories.