The good news? Miami is 3-0 against the Nets this season, looking for the season sweep. And Goran Dragic may play.
Goran Dragic said there's a 75 percent chance he plays tomorrow vs. Nets.— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) March 10, 2015
The bad news? Hassan Whiteside will serve his one-game suspension tomorrow night after his flagrant foul on Boston's Kelly Olynyk.
To his credit, Whiteside apologized for the incident and seemed contrite in his remarks at practice.
Whiteside: "I feel terrible about it. I feel like I let my team down, it can't happen again. I just want to apologize to everybody."— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 10, 2015
Whiteside's cheap shot marks the second time in a week he has gotten ejected from a game. Dwyane Wade had some stern words for the young player, saying that "he's had enough veteran advice." But however Whiteside feels, he won't be able to help the Heat against the Nets -- which is a shame, considering that Whiteside registered his first double-double of the season against Brooklyn Jan. 4.
Moreover, Miami is currently out of the playoff picture; Charlotte has slid ahead of Miami for the eighth spot in the East. Every game from here on out takes on even more significance. Miami will need to show some of the resolve it showed against the Sacramento Kings in Saturday's thrilling overtime win. Without Whiteside then too, Tyler Johnson and Wade led the way to overcome a 16-point deficit. Against a team that has lost three straight, Miami has no excuses to come out flat. Even without a key player, the Heat have to win games like these ones to keep their playoff chances alive.