Whiteside listed as probable for Thursday's game

Heat center with hand injury

Hassan Whiteside left the Phoenix game with a hand injury

MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside's is listed as probable for Thursday night's game against Toronto despite a hand injury.

The Heat center cut his hand in the 4th quarter against the Suns on Tuesday night.

Whiteside received 13 stitches to his shooting hand.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra would not rule out a return for Whiteside.

Whiteside suffered a similar injury two years ago which caused him to miss three games.

However, Spoelstra said this current injury is on a different spot on his hand.

Whiteside told reporters that he intends to play Thursday.

The Heat are currently the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Thursday's game closes out a 5-game homestand for the Heat.

Miami travels to Boston on Sunday and then Detroit the following Tuesday.