Miami Heat News: Hassan Whiteside Not Available for Game 7 vs. Raptors

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Although the Miami Heat will be playing their biggest game of the season Sunday afternoon in Toronto, they will be without their big man Hassan Whiteside, who continues to deal with an MCL sprain.

Whiteside broke the news to the media following the Heat’s win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night:

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While it would have been encouraging to see the league’s top shot blocker return for Game 7, the Heat will not use any excuses as they will do whatever it takes. Friday night featured rookie Justise Winslow starting and the trend could continue Sunday.

Whiteside won’t be the only center out Sunday. Raptors starting center Jonas Valanciunas, who’s been nursing a sprained right ankle, is also not near a return. Both big men left during Game 3 and haven’t played since.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.