Hassan Whiteside got himself tossed from Monday night’s Celtics-Heat tilt in Miami after body-checking Kelly Olynyk, and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade is publicly urging the young big fella to quickly grow up.
This was Whiteside’s second ejection in the past five games, and the visiting Celtics earned a 100-90 road win.
Per the Sun-Sentinel:
He was ejected in the second half of Monday’s 100-90 loss to the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena, marking his second early exit in five games. Whiteside, who has already been fined $36,000 this season, will almost certainly have to open up his checkbook again. The act made Wade’s game-high 34 points a mere footnote.
“Very (disappointed),” Wade said. “We all are. If you’re a Heat fan, you are. In this locker room, you are. Everybody. He’s going to have to learn. He’s been learning the hard way … Hopefully, he changes his mentality quick.”
“It definitely hurts because he’s one of our main guys,” forward Michael Beasley, who played some center in place of Whiteside. “… We need him but at the same time we’ve got to fight. We’ve been short a lot this year.” […] Two free throws by Olynyk gave the Celtics a double-digit lead, forcing the Heat to play catch-up the remainder. For Whiteside, it was another blemish on what has been a breakout season and one of the feel-good stories of the league.
UPDATE: Whiteside has been suspended for 1 game by the NBA for the incident. Is that enough, in your opinion?