MIAMI -- Center Hassan Whiteside is back in the Miami Heat starting lineup after a knee injury cost him 13 games.
But now that Whiteside has returned, how will Heat coach Erik Spoelstra manage the minutes at power forward and center?
Some answers are expected on Friday night, when the Heat (18-16) play host to the lowly Brooklyn Nets (12-22). Spoelstra will have Kelly Olynyk, rookie Bam Adebayo and Whiteside at his disposal, and the latter said he is ready for increased minutes.
"I feel pretty good," Whiteside said after he played 18 minutes in Miami's 107-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. "I feel at least 90-something (percent). I'm getting used to playing with my (knee) brace."
Whiteside produced seven points, eight rebounds, no blocks and no assists in his return to action.
In contrast, Olynyk posted 15 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in 32 minutes. Adebayo came off the bench and produced eight points, nine rebounds, two blocks and four assists. << Read more
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