News: Green recorded 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, and one steal in 27 minutes during the Heat's 97-78 win versus the Knicks on Friday.
Impact: Green started again in place of the injured Luol Deng, and filled it up with a season-high 25 points on only 14 field-goal attempts. As shown on Friday though, Green doesn't do much besides score, and he is a player capable of driving coaches and fantasy owners crazy with his inconsistencies.
News: Whiteside went for six points (1-6 FG, 4-6 FT), 14 rebounds, and six blocks in 31 minutes during the Heat's 97-78 win versus the Knicks on Friday.
Impact: It was Whiteside's 12th straight game with three or more blocks, and he continues to lead the league in denials per game. He can't be counted on for assists, at the free-throw line, or beyond the arc, but Whiteside is a monster on the glass, a terror defensively, and a nightly double-double threat. The Heat are back in action on Monday versus the Celtics.
News: Green will make another start in place of Luol Deng (hamstring) on Friday against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: With Deng ruled out, Green will slot in at small forward alongside Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. In Wednesday's game against Detroit, Green scored 16 points (6-17 FG) to go with five rebounds and an assist in 38 minutes.
News: Andersen (illness) is a game-time call for Friday's game.
Impact: Andersen is dealing with an illness that's recently made its way through the Miami locker room, and he'll wait until closer to game-time to make a decision on his status. The Birdman has taken on a reduced role this season, appearing in only three games and logging a total of 16 minutes.
News: Deng (hamstring) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Pacers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: This will be Deng's second consecutive miss due to tightness in his hamstring. Gerald Green is expected to continue to start in Deng's spot, with Justise Winslow also seeing more minutes. There's no telling how long Deng could be out, but he said he believes the injury is minor and he hopes to be ready to face the Celtics on Monday.