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Whiteside on the pain in his right knee: "Probably like a seven (out of ten)"

Hassan Whiteside limped out of AmericanAirlines Arena Saturday night in a soft cast -- and the Heat's hopes might have limped out with him.

Miami's starting 7-foot center will undergo an MRI Sunday on his right knee after injuring it early in the second quarter in the 95-91 Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

"Probably like a seven [out of ten]," Whiteside said when asked about the level of pain in his knee. "I'll just get the MRI results and take it from there. I'm just going to pray on it and take it from there."

Whiteside was fighting for rebounding position in the paint with Kyle Lowry on a Gerald Green missed jump shot when he was hurt with 10:55 left in the first half. Lowry was pulling down on Whiteside’s left arm and as the 7-footer was falling to the court teammate Luol Deng became entangled with Whiteside’s legs as Deng came charging toward the basket.  

"I think Kyle Lowry dove or fell into my knee and pushed it in," Whiteside said. "I didn't see the play, but that's what happened. I was just going for the rebound and I felt someone fall into my knee. I don't know if it was intentional or by accident. That's what happened."

Whiteside, who had been dealing with a bruised right thigh since Game 3 of the first round series against Charlotte and a right knee strain after he slipped on a wet spot on the court in Game 1 against Toronto, was clearly worried as he left.

"I felt something," he said. "but we will know more tomorrow."




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