Miami Heat News: Hassan Whiteside (Ankle) Misses Practice Thursday, Questionable for Friday

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The Miami Heat may be without their center for Friday night’s game versus the Indiana Pacers.

According to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel, Hassan Whiteside missed Thursday’s practice due to an ankle sprain injury:

It is unknown how exactly the injury was caused. Whiteside spoke to reporters on Thursday and clarified when he started feeling pain on his injured ankle:

The 7-foot center is having a dominant season, picking up where he left off from the 2014-15 campaign. He is averaging 12.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in just 28.1 minutes per game. Whiteside is also converting on 61.6 percent of his shots, which is good for second in the league. He ranks eighth in rebounds and first in blocks per game.

If Whiteside is unable to start versus the Pacers, Udonis Haslem or Chris Andersen would likely start in his place. Haslem has played in seven games this year, while Andersen has made just three appearances.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.