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Spoelstra calls Whiteside’s early exit ‘unacceptable’

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Hassan Whiteside said he needed to go to the bathroom.

NBA: Orlando Magic at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The marriage between the Miami Heat and Hassan Whiteside continues to shake.

With 40 seconds remaining in the Heat’s disappointing 105-90 loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday night, Whiteside stood up from the bench and went into the tunnel. The Heat center said that he needed to go to the bathroom, but Erik Spoelstra called the behavior “unacceptable.”

After the game Tuesday night, Dwyane Wade said that Whiteside’s early exit was for a bathroom break. Spoelstra said he didn’t know why his center left the bench before time expired.

Whiteside had previously complained about his lack of playing time. He again wasn’t on the court in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Did Whiteside truly have to go to the bathroom, or was he frustrated that he was not playing crunch-time minutes? Are both statements true?