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Going into the Miami Warmth’s first-round matchup in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers, many NBA followers have been trying ahead to a feisty frontcourt battle between Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside, full with all their previous pettiness and animosity. That wasn’t the case in Recreation 1 as Embiid sat out as he continues to get better from an orbital fracture. He’s since been dominated out of Recreation 2 on Monday evening as properly.

Ostensibly, that ought to’ve cleared the way in which for Whiteside to dominate the paint in opposition to Philly. Nonetheless, that didn’t occur. As a substitute, Whiteside was largely ineffective in his restricted taking part in time, scoring simply two factors and corralling simply 5 rebounds in 12 minutes of motion in the course of the Warmth’s 130-103 loss on Saturday.

The truth is, Whiteside didn’t play in any respect within the fourth quarter, which was considerably acquainted territory for the large man this season. Quite than going off on one other tirade about his minutes, Whiteside bit his tongue when requested about it previous to Recreation 2, opting as a substitute to voice his help for head coach Erik Spoelstra’s decision-making.
By way of Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald:

“I feel coach needed some change,” Whiteside answered when requested why he thought he performed so little. “[Kelly Olynyk] was taking part in properly. In fact, I’d like to be on the market rebounding and blocking photographs and be on the market with my teammates. However I feel Ok.O. was taking part in properly so coach simply needed to get him on the market.”

“He simply needed to vary it up,” Whiteside mentioned of what was mentioned as he went to the bench. “I belief coach. I belief his decision-making. We didn’t get this one. They shot wonderful from the sphere. We didn’t get this one, however we transfer to Recreation 2.”

Whiteside earned himself a positive and a reprimand from the workforce earlier this season for criticizing Spoelstra for benching him late in video games, so one has to query his sincerity on this case, nevertheless it’s at the least the fitting factor for him to say publicly even when he disagrees with the choice on the within.

It’ll be attention-grabbing to see simply how this dynamic continues to play out when Recreation 2 ideas off at eight p.m. ET on TNT on Monday evening again in Philadelphia.

(The Miami Herald)

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