Five Adjustments the Miami Heat Must Make for Game 5

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3. Utilize Hassan Whiteside

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In Game 4, Whiteside spent a large portion of the fourth quarter on the bench. He was in foul trouble and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra seemed to be playing it a little too cautiously with his dominant big man. However, as soon as he checked back in, he made a difference. Kemba Walker began to give second thoughts to those floaters and mid-range jumpers that were working for him earlier in the game. Charlotte’s offense grew more stagnant and Miami made a run of their own to get back in the game.

No longer can Whiteside sit idly on the bench while his team is getting run over on the floor. Spoelstra needs to realize where his bread and butter lies and give Whiteside as many minutes as possible because it isn’t just on the defensive end where he makes a difference. He pulls down offensive rebounds and catches lobs and loose passes in the low post. He’s learned to post up with the best of them, as well. If Whiteside is not on the court when the game is on the line, Miami’s chances of victory dwindle; it’s as simple as that.

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Grant is a life-long Miami Heat fan hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His earliest Heat memories involve Eddie Jones going off on opponents and hoping he'd become the next Michael Jordan. When that didn't pan out, a guy named Dwyane Wade came to Miami and Grant's fandom turned to obsession. He graduated with an English degree from the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Los Angeles.