Hassan Whiteside winded but glad to be back and contributing – Sun Sentinel

It appeared Hassan Whiteside was poised to make massive strides. But, in the end, the center’s Wednesday night return for the Miami Heat turned into a needed measured step forward.

After missing five games with a bone bruise on his left knee, Whiteside opened the 97-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls with seven points and nine rebounds in his initial 10-minute stint. He ultimately would close with 13 points and 14 rebounds in 26:22, kept on a time restriction by coach Erik Spoelstra.

“It was different,” he said, “because it had been such a long time since I played five-on-five. But I felt like I contributed in the best I would out there.”

He acknowledged fatigue was a factor, having been sidelined since the Oct. 18 season-opening loss to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Hassan Whiteside winded but glad to be back and contributing – Sun Sentinel

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