Picture imperfect: Heat may be at crossroad with Whiteside

MIAMI (AP) Monday is the day that the Miami Heat will gather for the annual team picture. They’re always set up the same way: coaches sitting in the middle of the front row, the team’s shorter players sitting on either side of Erik Spoelstra and his assistants, support staff and taller players standing in the back.

Some smiles might be forced.

The Heat are dealing with a 7-foot problem, at the wrong time of year. Center Hassan Whiteside was fined an undisclosed amount Sunday for ”comments detrimental to the team” – a response to his remarks expressing frustration with his role. He went on an expletive-laden tirade after Miami’s 110-109 overtime loss Saturday to the Brooklyn Nets, when the Heat missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot, saying he should play more and might be better elsewhere.

The team had no additional comment Sunday. They resume practice Monday, when Whiteside’s words will be a hot topic again.

”Man, it’s annoying, you know. Why we matching up? We got one of the best centers in the league,” Whiteside said Saturday night. ”Why we matching up? A lot of teams don’t have a good center.”

Whiteside didn’t play in the final 21 minutes on Saturday – the last four of the third quarter, then all of the fourth quarter and overtime. The Nets

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/picture-imperfect-heat-may-be-at-crossroad-with-whiteside-040118

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