Originally Posted by OlDirtyReseller
Why not, really? He's been getting froze out and benched at whim, at least let him play where there's no repercussions
Who is freezing Whiteside out... the players? Cuz all I see is them trying to get him the ball in spots where he'll be successful. The heat players know they need him for their team to be successful. At the beginning of games the Heat players all try to get him a couple easy buckets. The very first play of the third quarter was an alley to him. So iono bout freezing him out. If anything Whiteside forces too many bad shots when there are wide open shooters at the wing. He's also out of position in a lot of pick and roll plays.
Spo doesn't play Whiteside down the stretch in close 4th quarter games because he doesn't trust him to make the right play. Add on the fact he doesn't make free throws. And lets not forget the early foul trouble he's been the last few games. If he's not in the game due to foul trouble and the team is rolling without him why force the issue. Why risk injuring a guy in a blowout game.
If Whiteside wants to play more he has to play better. He'll have his opportunity, he just needs to make his free throws, pass out the double team, and stay outta foul trouble.