Heat's Whiteside out of deciding tie
MIAMI Heat centre Hassan Whiteside will not play this morning in Toronto in a one-game showdown to see which team advance to face Cleveland in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
He has not played since suffering a sprained right knee ligament in the second quarter of game three in the best-of-seven play-off series, which the Heat evened at 3-3 with a 103-91 victory on Friday.
Whiteside said of a timetable for his return: "It just really depends on what the doctors say and how everything is feeling. I don't really want to make anything worse."
He hopes the Heat can eliminate the Raptors and advance to a showdown with the Cavaliers, who host game one of the East final.
"We've got a lot of talented guys.
"I believe in them," Whiteside said.