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Source: Hassan Whiteside has first degree MCL sprain

The Raptors, typically a transparent organization, have declared Jonas Valanciunas for the series with a sprained ankle. 

The Heat tend to be a bit more cryptic. 

So it's not surprising that Miami is declining to elaborate on Hassan Whiteside's right knee injury, other than calling it an MCL sprain.

The Miami Herald has learned from a league source that it is a first degree, or least severe, sprain. 

But Erik Spoelstra is telling the truth when he says there's no set timetable at this point. 

The Heat will know more after Whiteside's swelling and bruising subsides, and he can take a stability test -- likely later this week -- to see how he responded to rest and treatment.

After that, it's mostly about how he can handle the pain, which can be significant, that comes with the injury. And he would need to wear a special brace. 

So Heat fans shouldn't expect this series, but the next one against Cleveland would be possible, if the Heat gets that far.

 

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