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Hassan Whiteside: Bruised knee sidelines Miami Heat center for a week

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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside reacts after injuring his finger during the second half against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. File photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside reacts after injuring his finger during the second half against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. File photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will miss at least one week after suffering a bone bruise in his left knee, the team announced Thursday.

Whiteside was injured during Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks. He underwent an MRI on Thursday and that is when the seriousness of the injury was detected.

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The Heat said Whiteside's rehab process will include a strength and conditioning program over the next one to two weeks.

The first game Whiteside will miss is Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Whiteside is averaging 14.9 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game this season. He ranks third in the NBA in rebounding.

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