Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a left hip strain that leaves him “doubtful” for Portland’s Saturday morning matchup with the LA Clippers.
Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) is doubtful for Saturday’s game vs. Clippers
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) August 7, 2020
Since joining the bubble, and Jusuf Nurkic’s return, Whiteside is averaging just 16 minutes per game in Orlando. The now-backup center averaged just over 30 minutes a game before the season stopped.
He hasn’t scored in double figures or grabbed more than seven rebounds in a game since the NBA restarted. Whiteside averaged a double-double (15.6 points, 13.7 rebounds) during the regular season.
If Whiteside is out against the Clippers, we could see our first bubble-sighting of Wenyen Gabriel. The NBA rookie’s best scoring performance came against New Orleans when he scored 12 points in 14 minutes.