It’s not everyday that you can say a player that most people had never heard of before, and nonetheless was a free agent when the season began, completely dominated a basketball game. That is no hyperbole, either. Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat man-handled and thoroughly controlled the paint in Miami’s 96-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Whiteside’s day was historic in many respects. For starters, he became the first player in the NBA to obtain a triple-double of the points, rebounds, and blocks variety – finishing with 14, 13, and 12 today – since Joakim Noah did it back in February of 2013. Next, Whiteside became the first player since 1985-86 to record a triple-double with blocks in less than 30 minutes of game action. And finally, Whiteside came off the bench! He wasn’t even a starter!
Whiteside is the only player since 1985-86 (as far as our game-by-game block data goes) to have a triple-double with blocks in under 30 min.— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) January 25, 2015
There’s really no precedent for a game quite like the one Whiteside played today. As you were watching it live, it truly felt as though you were watching something special unfold.Read more... Join the Conversation...