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Heat center Whiteside's hand injury leaves him unable to play

ATLANTA -- The protection is down to a Velcro strap connecting the middle and ring fingers on his right hand. But the 10-stitch gash in the webbing between those fingers is what has Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside wondering when and how he will return from the injury sustained while attempting a dunk in Tuesday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. "I don't even want to catch the ball, to be honest," he said before sitting out Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, the final game on this four-game trip. "I could play, but I don't think I'd be that effective. "I don't think I can rebound or block any shots or even catch the ball." Three days after sustaining the ...

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