May 14, 2016 / 5:26 AM / in 2 years

No Game 7 return for Heat's Whiteside

(Reuters) - Injured Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will not return for the Game Seven Eastern Conference playoff matchup against the Toronto Raptors, he said on Friday.

Mar 22, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) celebrates with fans following a win against the New Orleans Pelicans in a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Heat defeated the Pelicans 113-99. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Whiteside has missed the last three games with a sprained right knee.

After Miami’s 103-91 win tied their best-of-seven series and forced an elimination game decider, Whiteside ruled out hope for a dramatic comeback.

“I can’t really put a measurement on it,” Whiteside told Miami’s Sun Sentinel. “I don’t have a time period for you. I‘m just getting better.”

Whiteside, who is a free agent at the season end, was injured in Game Three against Toronto.

The team’s defensive anchor inside, Whiteside had enjoyed a solid post-season while averaging 12 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.

He will travel to Toronto for Game Seven on Sunday to cheer on his team mates. “We’ve got a lot of talented guys on this team,” Whiteside said. “I believe in them guys.”

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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