SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is sitting out Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained right ankle.READ MORE: Florida Gas Prices Hold Relatively Steady As Stations Recover From Fuel Demand Deluge
Whiteside aggravated the injury in the first quarter Wednesday against Minnesota, but still managed 24 points and 20 rebounds in 36 minutes. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside’s ankle swelled up afterward.
“He was able to play through it,” Spoelstra said. “The adrenaline, the energy allowed him to get through that game, but it swelled (afterward).”READ MORE: Andrea Meza From Mexico Crowned 69th Miss Universe
The injury initially caused Whiteside to miss games on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23.
The 7-foot center has started eight games and is averaging 9.8 points and 8.3 rebounds since signing with Miami as a free agent on Nov. 24. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks off the bench Jan. 25 against the Chicago Bulls.
The Heat were also without Dwyane Wade, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained right hamstring.MORE NEWS: Florida Lawmakers Begin Special Session On Gambling As Seminole Tribe Tries To Ease Concerns About Deal
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