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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The road to recovery from multiple knee bruises has been an exercise in patience for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

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Whiteside has missed Miami’s past 13 games. In total, he’s missed 18 games this season with bone bruises in his left knee. The Heat are 9-9 without him.

On Tuesday night, the Gastonia, North Carolina native is expected to play for the first time since November 28th. The Heat host the Orlando Magic.

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While the Heat will be thrilled to welcome their 98 Million Dollar Man man back to the floor, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel notes that James Johnson suffered a setback.

However there is at least one setback for the Heat, with forward James Johnson again out due to the ankle bursitis that had sidelined him for three games before a brief comeback in Saturday’s loss to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans. Johnson left that game during the second quarter following a misstep, unable to return.

The Heat will also again be without Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters.

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Tipoff for Heat-Magic is set for 7:30 PM from the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday, December 26th.