• Hassan Whiteside was benched by Erik Spoelstra in Friday’s blowout loss and both of them downplayed a sore knee he reported after the game.

    “My knee is bothering me,” Whiteside said. “I hurt it at the end of the second. So hopefully it feels better.”  Spoelstra wasn’t having any of it.  “I just wanted some more energy, some more life on the glass, defending pick and rolls. So that was a coaching decision,” he said.  “It happens in this league. This league is for competitors only.”  To be clear, this is par for the course for Whiteside, who has had trouble with maturity and responsibility throughout his career.  We’ll let you know if there is anything to worry about and we’re not moving projections. 

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