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Whiteside said he thinks his sore right knee isn't a long-term issue, but he's in pain

Hassan Whiteside missed his first game of the season Monday, and barring some drastic improvement in the next 48 hours it probably won't be the only game he sits out.

The Heat's 7-foot center, who can't remember exactly when it was when he banged his right knee in Sunday's blowout win at Washington, said he felt pain on the plane ride home and by the time he woke up Monday morning and tried to walk to his bathroom "it was really hurting."

Despite being listed as "a game-time decision" by coach Erik Spoelstra, Whiteside said he really wasn't close to playing against the Pacers.

"It's just a lot of soreness right now," Whiteside said. "I really feel like I can't really do anything as far as running or jumping or anything."

Although Whiteside said he doesn't think it's going to be a long-term issue he also said he's not really sure what the extent of the injury is or if he'll need an MRI.

"I'm kind of figuring that out," he responded when asked if it might be a bone bruise. "It's under the knee cap, around the patella tendon."

As a rookie in 2011, Whiteside partially tore a tendon in his left knee and ended up missing the season. This, however, is his right knee.




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