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Hassan Whiteside could miss significant time with hand injury

Hassan Whiteside offered a close look at his injured hand before Friday's road game against the Atlanta Hawks and it didn't look pretty.

Whiteside split his right hand between his forefinger and ring finger during the Heat's game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. It's a significant injury and could sideline him for several games, or perhaps longer. Whiteside cut his hand on the rim and the wound required 10 stitches. The laceration split the webbing between his fingers.

There is no timetable for Whiteside's return, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team's center likely would be back for the playoffs. The injury currently is too painful for Whiteside to catch a basketball, according to Spoelstra.

"It needs to heal a little more before we take the next step," Spoelstra said.

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