CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 23: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Charlotte Hornets on April 23, 2016 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolin
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April 25, 2016

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.

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.

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