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Hornets' Batum out, Whiteside a game-time decision for Heat

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will start Game 4 against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night despite missing the last two practices with a bruised right thigh.

Whiteside's status had been listed as a game-time decision.

Says Miami coach Erick Spoelstra, ''Hopefully the adrenaline will kick in and he'll get through it.''

Whiteside got hit in the thigh on a pick and roll in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game.

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Charlotte small forward Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for Game 4 with a strained foot. Batum also missed Game 3, which the Hornets won 96-80 at home. Frank Kaminsky will start in his place.

Coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Batum will be ready for Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday night, saying the ankle is ''very weak.''

Miami leads the series 2-1.